Tropical Storm Dorian leads to several flight cancellations

Tropical Storm Dorian is forecast to slowly strengthen over the next few days, especially upon entering the Caribbean Sea, as it continues on its westward track.

At present, a tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Martinique.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica, Grenada and its dependencies Saba and St Eustatius.

At 8 pm on Sunday, Dorian's centre was located about 335 miles east-southeast of Barbados and was moving west at 14 miles per hour. 

Maximum sustained winds are at 50 miles per hour.

Both Caribbean Airlines and Liat have canceled flights to several destinations within its network following the passage of the storm.

In a media release, Caribbean Airlines advised that flights scheduled from Port-of-Spain to Barbados, Barbados to Port-of-Spain, Kingston to Barbados and Barbados to Kingston were canceled.

According to a statement from Liat, the cancellation of 27 flights carded for today was in the interest of passenger and crew safety.

Barbados has ramped up its preparations.

Our contact at Starcomm Network Limited, David Ellis, reports that over the weekend, Prime Minister Mia Mottley had been mentally preparing Barbadians for the storm.

He says she has given every assurance that government is doing its utmost to ensure the island is prepared for the worst possible scenario.


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