TS DORIAN: 11 a.m. update
Tropical Storm Dorian is on track to bring heavy rains and strong winds to the region and a hurricane watch has been issued for St Lucia.
At 11 a.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 12.3 North, longitude 57.7 West, about 100 miles east-southeast of Barbados.
Dorian is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday night, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Wednesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts and the estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).
Keeping on the current track, the centre of Dorian is expected to be near the Windward Islands late today and tonight, and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. Dorian is expected to pass near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday and approach eastern Hispaniola Wednesday night.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it passes through the northern Windward Islands on Tuesday, and is expected to be a hurricane when it moves near Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola. (PR)