Raleigh, N.C. — Tropical storm Dorian formed far out in the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday morning. At 5 p.m., the storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving west-northwest at 20 mph.
Most models show the storm slowly progressing due west, but staying out to sea through the weekend.
"This storm is a long way from us," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
"And it will struggle to strengthen more in the next several days as it moves over colder water in the Atlantic, Gardner said.
"Right now, it's got a westerly forecast track that would take it toward the Caribbean and eventually toward Cuba," she said. "But it's so far away, a lot could change with this storm based on how it behaves in the next several days. We'll be tracking it."