Editor’s Note: Following is a statement British Virgin Islands Gov. Augustus Jaspert issued Tuesday on Tropical Storm Dorian and the Atlantic hurricane season.

Like many of you, I have been watching the progress of Tropical Storm Dorian over the last few days. At the moment, the storm is located east of Barbados. After having strengthened somewhat overnight, Dorian is now a small tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of near 60 mph. Modelling suggests that Dorian will continue to gradually strengthen and track east and north. It will likely pass closely to the south of the Territory on Tuesday overnight at near hurricane strength, bringing squalls and rain.