National Hurricane Center watching tropical wave

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the centre.

Tropical Storm Don formed Monday in the Caribbean, bringing with it watches and warnings for places like Grenada, St. Lucia and Barbados. Forecasters expect the storm to dissipate within 72 hours. Tropical storm watches are in effect for Barbados and Bonaire.

The storm's center is expected to move through the Windward Islands and drop between two to four inches of rain through Wednesday morning.

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Tropical Storm Don will likely remain a tropical storm, never reaching hurricane status, before fizzling out in the Western Caribbean when it runs into strong wind shear, a notorious hurricane killer.

As of 4 p.m. ET Monday, Don has picked up speeds as high as 40 miles per hour.

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The latest 5-day forecast model for Fernanda shows it as a tropical storm on Thursday when it enters the Central Pacific.

The hurricane center said in it 10 a.m. discussion that reconnaissance flights found Don's circulation was elongated and may not even be closed on one side. The storm is expected to gain forward speed through Wednesday. The system could pick up intensity, although at this point forecasters are putting the odds of a cyclone forming at just 40 percent over the next five days.

Gradual development of the system is possible through the midweek as it continues to move west-northwest between 10 and 15 miles per hour.

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