Hurricane Irene is tearing a path through the Caribbean, as the Bahamian government issues a warning for the Turks and Caicos islands and south-eastern Bahamas.

US-based National Hurricane Center said tropical storm conditions should gradually decreas in Puerto Rico today but hurricane conditions are possible over the northern portions of the Dominican Republic later today, local time.

Rainfall is expected to peak at four inches in Puerto Rico, while up to six inches is expected in Northern Hispaniola.