TAMPA, Fla. — The National Hurricane Center says the fourth tropical storm so far this Atlantic hurricane season continues to strengthen. 

Tropical Storm Dorian is located about 300 miles east-southeast of Barbados and is moving west at about 14 mph, according to the hurricane center's latest advisory.

Tropical Storm Dorian has maximum sustained winds of about 50 mph.

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Weather forecast models indicate that Tropical Storm Dorian could develop into Category 1 hurricane as early as Tuesday upon reaching the Caribbean islands. However, it so far appears any strengthening into a hurricane might not last long because of unfavorable conditions across that region.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the island of Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tropical storm watches are in effect for Martinique, Dominica, Grenada and its dependencies  

It's likely additional watches will be likely for more islands, and people in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola are advised to monitor the progress of Dorian. For people in Florida and elsewhere in the U.S., it remains too early to say what, if any, impacts Dorian could bring.

It is hurricane season after all, and don't get caught off guard by a storm! Make sure you have a plan in place if and when one threatens.

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