Tropical Storm Dorian weakens as it moves through the tropical Atlantic Ocean

     Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to weaken further as it heads westward.

    Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to weaken further as it heads westward.

    Tropical Storm Dorian has weakened as it chugs along in the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

    Located about 1135 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands and packing maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the system is heading westward at 22 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    The storm has become less organized and weakened due to westerly wind shear and drier air — two major impediments to development, the National Hurricane Center advises.

    The current five day forecast shows Dorian making its way across the open sea toward the Northern Leeward Islands Sunday afternoon, weakening to a tropical depression and continuing at the same intensity toward Puerto Rico by Monday.

    But Dorian could actually dissipate to tropical depression status quicker than the current forecast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

    The latest computer modeling shows whatever remains of Dorian continuing into the Gulf of Mexico.

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