Caribbean: Tropical Strom Dorian

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for several Caribbean islands Monday as Tropical Storm Dorian headed toward the region on a path that could send it skirting near Puerto Rico as a hurricane by midweek.

Dorian, the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed as a tropical depression on Saturday and quickly gathered strength.

It was 205 miles east-southeast of Barbados on Monday morning, moving west at 14 mph with maximum winds of 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. ET advisory.

Forecasters said the compact storm was “getting better organized” and was expected to make a turn west-northwest later Monday, sending the center of Dorian near the Windward Islands late Monday and into the eastern Caribbean Sea later Tuesday.

It was expected to be near hurricane strength on Tuesday and Wednesday when it moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

In the meantime, tropical storm warnings were in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, while tropical storm watches were issued for Martinique, Grenada and Dominica.