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TS Don churns west, will dissipate in Caribbean

Tropical Storm Don formed Monday afternoon and is heading into the Caribbean Sea. (Source: NHC) Tropical Storm Don formed Monday afternoon and is heading into the Caribbean Sea. (Source: NHC)

(RNN) - Tropical Storm Don is turning out to be a low-energy storm.

Reconnaisance aircraft discovered Tuesday that the storm has weakened and lacks a well-defined center.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say the storm will dissipate by the end of the week and currently poses no threat to the U.S. mainland.

As of a 2 p.m. ET advisory, Don was located about 130 miles south-southeast of Barbados and about 205 miles east of Grenada.

The tropical storm is moving west at 20 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

A Tropical Storm Warning continues for Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while St. Lucia and Bonaire are under a Tropical Storm Watch.

The storm moving swiftly westward and is expected to reach the Lesser Antilles by Tuesday night.

Interests in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba and Curacao should watch Don, the National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters said the storm will bring strong wind and potentially life-threatening flooding in the warned areas.

However, the storm is expected to become a tropical depression in the next day or so as it runs into a shear in the Caribbean.

Within 36 hours, Don will degrade the storm into a tropical wave, the National Hurricane Center said.

Don became the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, in the eastern Pacific about 1,460 miles from Hilo, Hawaii, Hurricane Fernandina poses no threat to land as it continues to weaken.

Tropical Storm Greg is moving away from the Pacific coast of southern Mexico and also will pose no threat to land before dissipating.

A third tropical depression formed in the eastern Pacific Tuesday, but that storm may be absorbed into Tropical Storm Greg.

The only storm to affect the U.S. mainland so far is Tropical Storm Cindy, which made landfall on June 21 in western Louisiana.

Its winds claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy vacationing in Fort Morgan, AL, when a large log in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico slammed onto his head.

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