Meteorologist Brent Watts
9:09 AM EDT, August 21, 2011
Tropical Storm Irene formed in the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, and is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane by Monday. Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Warnings issued for portions of the Dominican Republic.
WHERE IS IT HEADED?
It's still very early, but the official forecast track from the National Hurricane Center has Irene passing over the Dominican Republic as a Hurricane late Monday night, then the eastern edge of Cuba by Wednesday.
A few models have the storm interacting with a ridge of high pressure keeping Irene in the Caribbean, while others bring it east of Florida. The official track will compensate, placing it between the two models.
Thursday, the storm is forecast to make a turn toward the southern tip of Florida as a Tropical Storm.
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