Tropical Storm Dorian is pictured off the coast of Venezuela on Monday. NASA/Reuters
Residents of Barbados and other Caribbean islands braced for heavy rains as tropical storm Dorian churned west-northwest, with officials cautioning that the storm could approach hurricane strength on Tuesday.
Barbados, which is closest to the storm’s path, was hit by strong winds and intermittent showers, with periodic jolts of thunder and lightning, on Monday evening. The Barbados Meteorological Services warned residents to exercise caution, saying wind speeds have climbed over the past six hours and will strengthen further overnight and into Tuesday morning.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for Puerto Rico, and the island of Santa Lucia is on hurricane watch.
Dorian is expected to near the Windward Islands on Monday evening before reaching the eastern Caribbean on Tuesday, the US National Hurricane Center said in a report.
By Monday evening, the storm was located about 30 miles (48 km) east-southeast of Barbados, blowing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour, according to the NHC.
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The storm's top sustained winds decreased slightly to 170 mph (275 kph) as its westward movement slowed, crawling along Grand Bahama island early Monday at 2 mph (4 kph) in what forecasters said would be a daylong assault.
Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Monday termed the hurricane a "historic tragedy" for the archipelago. US forecasters said the storm would keep hammering the Bahamas overnight into Tuesday.
Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis on Wednesday lamented the "generational devastation" wrought by Hurricane Dorian, as it was upgraded to a major Category 3 storm while bearing down on the Carolinas on the US east coast.
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