BRIDGETOWN, Barbado — Tropical Storm Dorian gathered speed on Monday as it barreled west towards Barbados, where people began preparing for the onset of heavy wind and rain, and officials advised the public to stay indoors.
The small tropical cyclone is expected to be near hurricane strength by the time it passes west of Puerto Rico around Thursday and plows into the Dominican Republic, according to projections of the U.S. National Hurricane Center.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley told islanders to avoid any unnecessary risks while the storm bore down.
Dorian is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the Windward Islands late Monday, and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday before churning towards Puerto Rico.
“Dorian could be near hurricane strength on Tuesday and Wednesday while it moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea,” the Miami-based NHC said in a statement.
Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the NHC said.
(Reporting by Robert Edison Sandiford and Harshith Aranya in Bengaluru; additional reporting and writing by Rebekah F Ward in Mexico City; editing by Christian Schmollinger and Marguerita Choy)
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