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Photos show Puerto Rico, Barbados preparing for Tropical Storm Dorian

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Barbados, Puerto Rico, and St. Lucia are hunkering down as Tropical Storm Dorian crosses the Atlantic Ocean.

People are stockpiling fuel, food, and water. Schools and offices have closed. The eastern Caribbean islands are expecting high winds (currently at 50 miles per hour) and heavy rainfall.

Forecasters warned over the weekend that the fourth named storm of 2019 might develop into a hurricane, but said Tuesday it will likely stay at tropical storm levels, which could still bring damage to the islands.

Barbados’ Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Puerto Rico’s Gov. Wanda Vazquez Garced have warned their citizens to get ready, and take care.

Here are photos showing people preparing for Tropical Storm Dorian.

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