Tropical Storm Dean Speeds Up

August 15, 2007
Tropical Storm Dean, the Atlantic season's fourth named storm, continues to move across the sea. It's gained some strength; as of the National Hurricane Center's advisory this morning, Tropical Storm Dean has maximum sustained winds of 60 m.p.h. (a Category One storm registers 74 - 95 m.p.h. winds). Still, forecasters predict that it will achieve hurricane force winds within the next day or so.

While initial forecasts indicated that Puerto Rico potentially laid in Dean's path, the latest report is more general, specifying only that "interests in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress...."

Islands considered part of the Caribbean's Lesser Antilles pretty much include everybody -- except, ironically, Puerto Rico (along with Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic); among them are the Virgins (U.S. and British), St. Maarten, St. Barths, St. Kitts, Barbados, Grenada and Dominica.

If Tropical Storm Dean does, as expected, reach hurricane strength, it will be the first Atlantic hurricane of the season.

As always, stay tuned.

--by Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor