ABC News(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Tropical Storm Dorian is forecast to continue to strengthen as it heads towards Lesser Antilles today. Dorian has winds of 40 MPH and is currently moving west at 13 MPH. The storm is located around 555 miles ESE of Barbados.A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Barbados as Dorian will continue to move west today and then begin to turn slightly northwest when it will be near Lesser Antilles late Monday and into Tuesday. Dorian will likely bring up to 6” of rain to Lesser Antilles when the storm makes its closest approach.In the next few days, Dorian will enter an environment with warm ocean water which should promote some strengthening. However, it is also entering a region where the mid-levels of the atmosphere are rather dry meaning the storm will be limited in the amount it could intensify.In the Southeast of the country, a disturbance just east of Florida is drifting north and east this morning. This weather system will enter an area that is favorable for some development and it is possible a new Tropical Depression could form in this region over the next couple of days. However, at this time, it appears that this system will ultimately be pushed out to sea avoiding any significant impact or disruption to the east coast.Another weather system near the coast of Louisiana continues to bring scattered thunderstorms and heavy rain to parts of the region. While no true tropical development is expected, heavy rain will remain possible through Monday and some places may receive over 4 inches of rain in southern Louisiana and extreme southeast Texas with flash flood watches being issued for parts of this region.Elsewhere this morning, another round of storms is currently moving through Kansas as a severe thunderstorm watch has been posted for parts of the state through 7AM CDT. Additionally, slow moving storms could quickly drop heavy rainfall and a handful of Flash Flood watches remain in effect for parts of the Central Plains.Later today, storm activity should also fire up along a stalled stationary front across parts of the Mississippi River valley and into parts of western Missouri and Arkansas.As all this storm activity slides eastward the next few days with pockets of flash flooding possible with over 3” of rain in the slowest moving storms. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Despite the current situation with the spread of coronavirus throughout Europe and the cancellation of key tourism fairs, especially in Germany, which is a key emitting tourism market for Croatia, domestic tourism experts believe that the next tourist season, from today’s perspective, could be very similar to this year. can achieve a better result. Next year, the main motive for the trip will be safety in the broadest sense of the word, he points out Director of the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT ) and adds that we must do our best to be a safe tourist destination and do our homework as we did this year, and that is that we have not had a single case of newly infected in commercial accommodation tourist facilities. According to the National Civil Protection Headquarters, in this situation there is no need to introduce additional stricter epidemiological measures and a new lockdown is not being considered, and most entrepreneurs, including Ostojic, are of the same opinion. Photo: HUT According to the data from the day before yesterday, the 14-day incidence of coronavirus infections per 100.000 inhabitants in Croatia is 685 cases, which is within the EU average. “A new lockdown would take us back a few years. I believe that we have all learned a lot this spring and that we understand that it is crucial that we all act responsibly. It is our most powerful tool, both for saving health and for saving the economy”Emphasizes Ostojić, adding that more rigorous punishment of those who violate the measures may be a tool that is not used enough, but a careful balance is needed. “This year, most of the guests were guests who had been to Croatia before, but we also managed to get some” new “guests who until recently chose other Mediterranean destinations, and we believe we can expect them next year as well. It is to be expected that next year there will be self-destinations as well, that last minute demand will be very present again, that accommodation facilities of higher categories will be sought, those that are physically isolated that guarantee isolation and that online reservations will increase significantly”, Ostojic thinks. “The government and the headquarters have a difficult job. It is crucial to raise the level of epidemiological security in the country as soon as possible, which is why we at HUT support all the efforts of the Government, national and local headquarters in managing the situation. “, concluded Ostojić. With the restriction of public gatherings and the shortening of events and gatherings, as well as the introduction of the obligation to wear masks in the open in the absence of space, Croatia has not introduced additional stricter measures. In order to speed up testing, rapid antigen tests have been introduced this week, and in addition to secondary hospital capacities, tertiary hospital capacities are also being activated in some cities.