A tropical storm Dorian passed through Barbados at the end of Monday and could move to Puerto Rico by the end of Wednesday. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Puerto Rico, according to the National Weather Service. The Dorian center is expected to move near or over the Wind Islands on Monday night and move to the eastern Caribbean on Tuesday.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami described the fourth tropical storm of the season as a "small tropical cyclone", but said it was expected that Dorian would increase to near-hurricane force as it passed through the Wind Islands. The storm forecast is a low-grade Category 1
By 11:00 a.m. ET Monday, Dorian's maximum sustained winds had slightly decreased to 55 mph. To be classified as a hurricane, the storm had to have winds of at least 74 mph.
Dorian Center was located about 95 miles east-southeast of St. Lucia and was moving west-northwest at about 13 mph. Tropical storms extended outwards to 45 miles from the center of the storm. The NHC said a gust of 55 mph was reported in Barbados at the end of Monday.
A tropical storm warning for Barbados, Martinique, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is in effect. For Dominica, Saba, St. Eustatius, Grenada and its dependencies, a tropical storm clock was in operation. The NHC expects tropical storm conditions to emerge in surveillance zones by Monday evening or early Tuesday morning.
Tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours, while tropical storm watching means that tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours.
Dorian is expected to rain 3 to 8 inches of rain over the Windsor Islands, Martinique and Saint Vincent.
The National Weather Service says: "While uncertainty is high, the effects of wind and rain are possible in the Bahamas and Florida later this week and over the weekend."
Preparing for the Tropical Storm Dorian
In St. Lucia, Prime Minister Alan Private, Private The island's nearly 179,000 people would close by 6:00 PM ET on Monday, with the hurricane expected to hit about 2 a.m. EDT on Tuesday.
"We expect the worst," he said.
Some were still going out the windows buying food and water, but not Joan Lamontan, who lives in the southwestern region of the island. He said on the phone that everything at his hotel, Serenity Escape, was already protected.
"I don't wait until it is announced," he said of the storm. "We are always prepared no matter what."
Meanwhile, in Barbados, many of the 285,000 residents were complying with a government warning, including Fitz Bostic, owner of Rest Haven holiday cottages. He said he was prepared in the event that employees cut off electricity and utilities as they had in previous storms.
"We have to be very careful," he said in a phone interview. "The word 'storm' scares me. I'm very nervous."
In the American territory of Puerto Rico, hundreds of people flock to grocery stores and gas stations to prepare for Dorian, buying food, water and generators, among other things. Many worry about a power outage and heavy rainfall on an island still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that struck in September 2017. Some 30,000 homes still have blue eaves like roofs, and the power grid remains fragile and prone to interruptions. during light rain.
Forecasters said the storm could cross near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday and approach the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night.
On Monday, the Government of Puerto Rico's Vanda Vazquez signed an executive order declaring an emergency state and provided a list of all new equipment purchased by public agencies since Hurricane Maria.
"I want everyone to feel relaxed," she said. "Agency directors have been preparing for the last two years. Maria's experience was a great lesson for all. "
She said that public schools would close Tuesday afternoon and that at least one cruise ship canceled its voyage to Puerto Rico. She said those without a proper roof could stay in one of the 360 shelters around the island.