Tropical Storm Dorian passed Barbados late Monday and was able to move to Puerto Rico until late Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, a tropical storm watch was issued for Puerto Rico. The center of Dorian is expected to move near the Windward Islands or over on Monday night and to the eastern Caribbean on Tuesday.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami described the season's fourth tropical storm as a "minor tropical cyclone," but said that Dorian was likely to reinforce hurricane force until he crossed the Windward Islands. The storm is predicted to be an inferior category 1 hurricane moving near.
From 23.00. ET Monday, Dorian's maximum sustained wind has dropped slightly to 55 mph. To be classified as a hurricane, the storm must have sustained wind speeds of at least 1
Dorian's center was located about 150 km east-southeast of St. Lucia and moved at a speed of 21 km / h from west to northwest. Tropical Storm Winds extended up to 45 miles from the center of the storm. According to NHC, a gust of 90 km / h was reported in Barbados late Monday.
For Barbados, Martinique, St. Vincent and the Grenadines was a tropical storm warning in place. For Dominica, Saba, St. Eustatius, Grenada and its dependencies was a tropical storm watch. NHC expects tropical storm conditions in the guard areas to occur on Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours, while a tropical storm clock allows tropical storm conditions within 48 hours.
Dorian is expected to drop 3 to 8 inches of rain over the Windward Islands, Martinique and St. Vincent. In remote areas of the northern Windward Islands, perhaps 10 inches could be seen.
The National Weather Service said: "While the uncertainty is high, wind and rain in the Bahamas and Florida are possible later this week and on the weekend."
Preparation for tropical storm Dorian
In St. Lucia, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced this all on the island, with almost 179,000 inhabitants, would be closed until 6pm ET on Monday, with the hurricane expected to arrive around 2am on Tuesday.
"We expect the worst," he said.
Some still connected windows and bought food and water, but not Joannes Lamontagne, who lives in the southwest of the island. He said by phone that everything in his hotel, Serenity Escape, is already protected.
"I will not wait until it's announced," he said of the storm. "We are always ready, no matter what."
Meanwhile, in Barbados, many of its 285,000 residents paid attention to the government's warning, including Fitz Bostic, owner of Rest Haven Beach Cottages. He said he was prepared for the case that officials shut down the electricity and utility services as in previous storms.
"We have to be very careful," he said in a telephone interview. "The word 'storm' scares me, man, I'm very nervous."
On the US territory of Puerto Rico, hundreds of people crowd in grocery stores and gas stations to prepare for Dorian and to buy food, water and drinks generators among others. Many are worried about power outages and heavy rains on an island that are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm that broke out in September 2017. Around 30,000 houses still have blue tarpaulins as roofs, and the power grid is still fragile and prone to failure even during short showers.
Predictors said the storm could pass near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday and approach the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night.
On Monday, Governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez, signed a Declaration of State Decree and provided a list of all the new appliances that public bodies have purchased since Hurricane Maria.
"I want everyone to feel calm," she said. "The agency's directors have been preparing for the last two years and Maria's experience has been a great lesson for everyone."
She said public schools close on Tuesday afternoon and that at least one cruise ship has canceled its trip to Puerto Rico. She said those who do not have a proper roof can sleep in one of the 360 shelters on the island.