Tropical Storm Dorian was barreling towards the Caribbean on Monday. It could hit Barbados on Tuesday and Puerto Rico by late Wednesday. [HurricanewatchhasbeenissuedfortheislandnationofStLuciaandPuertoRicannow tropical storm watch according to the National Weather Service.
Forecasters said the fourth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season strengthened overnight as it moved toward the Lesser Antilles. It's expected to reach that area by Monday night. The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami described the storm as a "small tropical cyclone" but said Dorian was expected to intensify to near hurricane strength by the Windward Islands on Tuesday. The storm is expected to be a full-blown hurricane by the time it moves near.
As of 5 p.m. ET Monday, Dorian's maximum sustained winds remain at 60 mph.
Dorian's center located 60 miles east-southeast of Barbados and 165 miles East-southeast of St Lucia and what moving west-northwest at about 14 mph. Tropical-storm-force winds extended outward to 45 miles from the center of the storm.