Position and possible track of Ophelia. Graphic by caribbean360.com

Tropical Storm Ophelia, which formed over the Atlantic Ocean at 11 last night, is moving westward.

At 5 am, the center of Tropical Storm Ophelia was located near latitude 12.7 north, longitude 41.8 west or about 1,325 miles east southeast of Dominica.

Ophelia is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours with some increase in forward speed.

Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some gradual strengthening is possible during the next day or so. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280km) mainly to the north of the center.

This system is forecasted to be near the island chain by the weekend.

Residents in Dominica are advised to continue to monitor the progress of this system as we continue to keep you updated.