Tropical Storm Dorian’s strength is steadily increasing, and forecasters say it may become a hurricane.
The storm is moving toward the Windward Islands on Monday and has maximum sustained winds of up to 60 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is moving west at 14 miles per hour.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The government of Trinidad and Tobago has released a tropical storm watch for Grenada and its dependencies. Also under a tropical storm watch are Martinique and Dominica.
This is the fourth tropical storm of the season and it will bring two to four inches of rain to Barbados, the Windward Islands and Dominica, with isolated amounts as high as six inches, according to the center.
The National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. Monday advisory shows Dorian becoming a Category 1 hurricane by 2 a.m. Thursday.
But the weather service said it’s still too soon to determine how it will directly affect Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands or Hispaniola. Watches may be required later Monday.
Residents of Puerto Rico, who are still recovering two years after Hurricane Maria, aren’t taking any chances and are stocking up on supplies.
David Begnaud tweeted this post: “Look at the line of people waiting for ‘Sams’ to open in Puerto Rico. They’re stocking up on supplies ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian, which may pass south of the island. The lady who sent me this video said ‘people in PR have PTSD.’ People are advised: have 10 days of supplies.”
If Dorian does become a hurricane, Hispaniola’s rugged terrain is expected to significantly weaken it back to a tropical depression with wind speeds less than 39 miles per hour by 2 a.m. Friday.
It’s still too soon to tell what if any impacts it will bring to Florida.