Tropical Storm Erika (right behind Danny)

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Tropical Storm Erika Prompts Watches For Leeward Islands; Potential Threat to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Hispanola, Bahamas

  • Tropical Storm Erika formed late Monday night in the central Atlantic and is currently about 640 miles east of the Leeward Islands.
  • Tropical storm watches were posted Tuesday morning for parts of the Leeward Islands, and additional watches and or warnings may be required soon.
  • Erika is expected to remain a tropical storm and slowly gather strength as it moves quickly to the west.
  • The northern Leeward Islands may feel tropical storm-force winds by late Wednesday night into early Thursday.
  • Erika may then bring more rain to drought-suffering Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
  • Erika's future track and intensity beyond Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands is highly uncertain, and may involve a track near the Bahamas this weekend and possibly parts of the Southeast U.S. coast next week