Residents stand in line at a grocery store as they prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian, in Bridgetown, Barbados, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Much of the eastern Caribbean island of Barbados shut down on Monday as Dorian approached the region and gathered strength, threatening to turn into a small hurricane that forecasters said could affect the northern Windward islands and Puerto Rico in upcoming days. (AP Photo/Chris Brandis)

Tropical Storm Dorian heads toward Windward islands

August 27, 2019 - 12:13 am

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The government of Barbados is urging residents of the eastern Caribbean island to remain vigilant even as Tropical Storm Dorian appears to have done little damage as it heads toward the northern Windward islands and Puerto Rico.

Minister of Home Affairs Edmund Hinkson says the storm "is said to be weakening and that is great news, but we are not out of danger yet."

The U.S. National Hurricane Center on Tuesday had tropical storm warnings in effect for Martinique, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The center says the storm has maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour (85 kmh) and is forecast to strengthen during the next 48 hours as it moves near toward the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.