MIAMI – The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Omar is gaining strength as it pelts the Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
Omar formed Tuesday in the eastern Caribbean and is expected to continue strengthening over the next 48 hours.
A tropical storm watch was in effect for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands and the far eastern portion of the Dominican Republic.
At 2 p.m. EDT, the storm had top sustained winds near 50 mph. Its center was about 375 miles south-southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moving southeast near 5 mph. It is expected to gain speed and turn northeast on Wednesday.
A new tropical depression also formed Tuesday and was moving slowly off the coast of northeastern Honduras.