A state of emergency and curfew have been declared on the island of Dominica ahead of approaching Tropical Storm Beryl.

Although the storm was downgraded from a hurricane, inhabitants of the Caribbean island have been warned by prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit not to be complacent.

Dominica was one of the Caribbean islands to suffer widespread damage when Hurricane Maria struck last September.

Tropical Storm Beryl was around 190 miles east of Barbados yesterday carrying sustained winds of 40mph, according to the US National Hurricane Centre.

Tropical storm warnings were issued for Dominica and Guadeloupe, while a tropical storm watch was in effect for Barbados, Martinique, St Lucia, St Martin, St Barts, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in updated travel advice last night: “Tropical Storm Beryl is approaching the Lower Antilles region and a tropical storm warning is now in place for Dominica.

“A state of emergency and an island wide curfew has been declared as of 16.00 local time on Sunday 8 July. The curfew will be in effect until 16.00 on Monday unless otherwise lifted.

“You should monitor local media for updates, and follow the instructions of the local authorities.”