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A tropical storm warning remained in effect for St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tuesday morning, with 126 persons having gone into emergency shelters across the country as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian.

Some 126 persons across St. Vincent and the Grenadines have gone into emergency shelters as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Dorian.

In Bequia, five persons are at the Pentecostal Church in Port Elizabeth; three at the Georgetown Secondary School 45 at the Sandy Bay Primary

School, four at the Spring Village Methodist Church; two at the Lodge Village Government School; one at the Fancy Apostolic Faith Church, one at the Diamonds Government School; 25 at the George Stephens Secondary School; in Colonarie, six at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in South Rivers; eight at the South Rivers Learning Resource Centre; one at the South Rivers Methodist School; 15 at the Owia Government School; two at the Richland Park Government School; and eleven at the Barrouallie Government School.

Forecasters said shortly before 6 a.m. that the cyclone continues to track west northwestward into the central Windward Islands. 

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At 5 a.m., Dorian was centered near 13.5N 60.3W or about 40 miles (64 km) east northeast of SVG. 

Maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (80km/h), with tropical-storm-force winds extending outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center. 

Movement was towards the west-north west at 13 mph (20km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. 

Forecast sustained surface winds have now reduced between 40 to 50mph (64 to 80 km/h). 

In addition, pockets of moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to continue across SVG today. 

Rainfall accumulations of at least 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 mm) are possible with isolated higher amounts. 

Residents in areas prone to flash flooding and landslides and near rivers and streams should be alert. 

Easterly to south-easterly swells of 2.0 to 3.0m (7 to 10ft) are also forecast to accompany the system. Low-lying coastlines around the islands will be particularly vulnerable at times of high tide. 

A high-surf advisory and small-craft warning will remain in effect until 6 p.m. today, Tuesday. 

Small craft operators are advised to remain in port. Sea-bathers and other users of the sea are advised to stay out of the water. 

Non-essential workers are to remain at home today and non-essential services will remain suspended until Wednesday.

The nation’s airports will remain closed until 6 a.m. Wednesday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said on Monday.