Tropical Storm Dorian To Reach Puerto Rico Sunday: Will Storm System Reach Hurricane Strength? [FORECAST, VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter on July 25, 2013 11:33 AM EDT

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Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to approach Puerto Rico Sunday night. (Photo: NOAA/National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Dorian continues to gain strength as it travels along the Atlantic. The system was initially rated a Tropical Depression Four at 5 a.m. Wednesday. Now, Tropical Storm Dorian is carrying maximum sustained winds of 60 mph early Thursday.

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According to Weather.com, Tropical Storm Dorian is centered approximately 700 miles west of Cape Verde Islands of the west African coast. The storm system is travelling west-northwest at a rate of 17 mph. Far from any coast, the storm poses no threat to land at this point.

Currently, there are no land threats from the storm. In the next several days, tracking predicts the Tropical Storm Dorian will move along the south side of a high atmospheric pressure center known as the Bermuda-Azores High. Dorian is expected to approach Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Expect the storm system to reach land on the western hemisphere Sunday night into Monday.

Weather.com express concerns of Tropical Storm Dorian gaining further strength. Weather.com notes:

"Stable air is both immediately ahead of and blasting behind Dorian, according to an analysis by UW-CIMSS and NOAA/HRD.

"Then, west to southwest wind shear, particularly strong over the eastern Caribbean Sea and Lesser Antilles, but also extending to the east, may remain in place to shear Dorian."

"Average National Hurricane Center forecast intensity errors (2010-2012) in the four-to-five day range are roughly 15 knots. In this case, this could be the difference between Dorian shearing out to a tropical depression or weak tropical storm, or becoming a hurricane."

Be sure to tune in over to weekend as Tropical Storm Dorian reaches closer to the Central America.

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