The Lesser Antilles are being put on alert for impacts from Tropical Storm Dorian ranging from strong winds and rough surf to localized flooding early this week.
Tropical Storm Dorian's outer bands now less than 75 miles East of Barbados However, the centre is still about 250 miles east-southeast of the island.
An area of disturbed weather that AccuWeather meteorologists were monitoring since last week became Tropical Depression Five on Saturday morning. By Saturday afternoon, it strengthened into Tropical Storm Dorian.
Dorian is the fourth named tropical system of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.
Topical storm watches and warnings have been issued for some of the islands of the Lesser Antilles in anticipation of Dorian's arrival.
"The center of Dorian is expected to pass close to Barbados Monday night or early Tuesday morning before the system crosses the Lesser Antilles and heads into the eastern Caribbean," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said.
After passing through the Lesser Antilles, Dorian will reach the open waters of the eastern Caribbean.
"Dorian is expected to make a bit more of a northward turn and head in the direction of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola around midweek," Pydynowski said.For more information, check the daily Tropical Weather Outlook, click here