From Accuweather -- Tropical Storm Dean continues to track quickly westward through the central Atlantic. As of 5 a.m. EDT Wednesday, Tropical Storm Dean is about 1,170 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Maximum sustained winds of Dean are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Dean is moving toward the west at 18 mph and is forecast to move into eastern Caribbean Sea later Friday or Friday night.
With the storm as far south as it is, the opportunity for a strike on the East Coast of the United States will diminish noticeably by the weekend. Presently, a track through the northern Caribbean seems most likely reaching Category 2 or perhaps 3 before interacting with the disrupting higher elevations of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Meanwhile in the Gulf of Mexico a storm is expected to strengthen Wednesday, becoming tropical storm Erin over the next 12-24 hours. It is then expected to make landfall Thursday morning along the southern coast of Texas, between Corpus Christi and Brownsville.