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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tropical Storm Erika Forms In Atlantic

5:45 PM UPDATE: Last location for Erika: 15.6N 52.8W, about 605
miles east of Antigua. Maximum sustained winds 40 mph. Erika is
moving west at 20 mph. Tropical storm watches/warnings remain
unchanged. Some slight strengthening is expected over the next
couple of days.


Tropical Storm Erika has formed in the Atlantic and is moving west at 
a brisk 20 mph. The storm's coordinates as of 8:00 AM AST today were 
14.8N 50.2W, with the storm's center located about 750 miles east of the 
Leeward Islands. Barometric pressure is at 1003 mb, with maximum sus-
tained winds of 45 mph, just above the treshold for tropical storm status. 
Most models place Erika passing just north of Puerto Rico between Thurs-
day night and Friday morning. Some strenghtening is expected over the 
next couple of days, with tropical storm winds extending about 80 miles 
from the center of the system at this moment. A slight decrease in forward 
speed is expected during the next two days.

Tropical Storm Watches are currently  in effect for Montserrat, Antigua, 
Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. 
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible 
within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

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