UPDATE: The Canadian government is advising that individuals avoid all non-essential travel to the Dominican Republic as well.
For those already in the area, the government is recommending that individuals exercise caution as the storm is likely to develop into a hurricane on Tuesday and bring excessive rainfall, strong winds, flooding and landslides to the region.
Tropical storm #Dorian should sweep through several #Caribbean islands on or around August 27, and bring excessive rainfall and violent winds. If you are travelling or residing in the region, check our Travel Advice and Advisories. https://t.co/GbFYFO7Tf7— travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) August 26, 2019
On Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center in the U.S. said there is a hurricane watch in effect for Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, there is also a tropical storm warning in effect for Martinique, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area,” the centre stated in the advisory.
“A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or dangerous.”
According to the National Hurricane Center, the government of St. Lucia has ended its tropical storm warning for the area, after the storm moved through the island towards Puerto Rico.
The Canadian government has alerted the public that authorities in Barbados have designated the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre for people who may require shelter.