A tropical storm warning for the Dominican Republic is now in effect due to Tropical Storm Dorian in an area ranging from Isla Saona to Samana, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm is approximately 60 miles west-northwest of St. Lucia with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
According to the latest forecast, the center of the storm is expected to move across the eastern and northeastern Caribbean over the next few days, passing near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, moving near or over eastern Hispaniola Wednesday night and moving north of Hispaniola on Thursday. On Thursday night and Friday, the center of Dorian is expected to move near the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas.
The NHC says that the storm is expected to strengthen slowly over the next 48 hours, growing to near hurricane strength when it moves close to Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola.
A tropical storm warning is also in effect for Martinique and Puerto Rico. A hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samana. Finally, a tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica, Saba and St. Eustatius, the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Punta Palenque and the Dominican Republic from Samana to Puerto Plata.
Royal Caribbean has modified the itineraries of Symphony of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, and Harmony of the Seas from Eastern to Western Caribbean routes. Royal Caribbean says it will continue to monitor the path of the storm and its potential impact on its vessels.