Destin Says Residents Should Not Panic As Tropical Storm Laura Nears the Leeward Islands


Forecaster Dale Destin says residents should not panic over Tropical Storm Laura.

“I understand that there is a certain amount of panicking going on. There is no need to panic; this is only a*tropical storm* – only minor preparations are required, as only limited impacts are possible from minimal storm-force winds,” he said.

Destin said in a tweet that “at worst-case, we could get winds of 45 to 55 mph, just a bit more than what we got from Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine. The storm will be in Puerto Rico by tomorrow morning – allowing for the quick return to normalcy, by early tomorrow.”

The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm #Laura is near the Leeward Islands.

At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Laura was located near latitude 17.1 North, longitude 61.2 West.


Laura is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h), and a generally west-northwestward motion at a faster forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.


On the forecast track, the center of Laura will move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands later today, near or over Puerto Rico Saturday morning, and near the northern

coast of Hispaniola late Saturday and early Sunday.


Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Some slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.


Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center.


The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).



  1. Same Destin that said at 8am that watch will be lifted then at 9:05am we hear we under storm warning. Is this the same Destin?

  2. Just a minor tropical storm and its moving rapidly forward. We need the rain in Antigua…so lets just hope that it gives us much of that.
    It is a huge system and not quite developed….still trying to get that center of circulation organized, but its not there yet.
    The season is just getting started…September is near. Let us be prepared for September.

    May God keep our nations safe.

  3. What a fool… remember earlier today when this genius said the storm watch was going to be cancelled mid-morning? Where does government get such skilled and highly-educated civil servants? Turn to US NHC for accurate forecasting when it comes to things like this, and skip the amateurs.

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