First Hurricane of the Season Develops!
The first hurricane of the season began to develop Monday, August 13 as a tropical depression near 12.0N 31.6W
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The first hurricane of the season began to develop Monday, August 13 as a tropical depression near 12.0N 31.6W. The storm started generating circulation and moving west with winds around 45 knots. The area showed a consistent deep convection with an easternly wind sheer.
By the morning of Thursday, August 16 the tropical storm Dean had been upgraded to Hurricane 1 status by the NHC. The winds have reached approximately 65 knots and the storm continues to move in a westerly direction.
The storm is expected to continue to move Westerly until after is reaches over the the Lesser Antilles and into the warmer waters of the Caribbean where it will expect to move northward. Due to the high surface temperatures in the Caribbean, the storm will increase in strength expecting to reach Hurricane 4 status. You can keep posted on the status with regular updates from the National Hurricane Center. Please visit back for data images of the hurricane in the Archive Gallery or view now the most recent precipitation images on the main Hurricane Portal page.