Jeff Masters

Minimal impact on BVI; Tropical Storm Erika moves west

At 200 PM AST, the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 17.7 North, longitude 70.2 West. Erika has been moving westward near 18 mph (30 km/h) for the past several hours. A motion toward the west-northwest is expected to being later this afternoon or tonight and continue through Sunday. Erika is forecast to move over the Dominican Republic and Haiti during the next few hours, move near the Turks and Caicos Islands tonight, and move near the central and northwestern Bahamas Saturday and Saturday night.

Tropical Storm Danny now first named hurricane of 2015 Atlantic Season

At 11:00 a.m., the center of Hurricane Danny was located near latitude 12.5 degrees north, longitude 44.8 degrees west. Danny is moving toward the west near 12 miles per hour (mph). Movement is to the West North-West and is expected to continue for a couple of days. Maximum sustained winds remain near 75mph with higher gusts. Danny could experience additional strengthening in the next 48 hours. Hurricane force winds extend outward to 10 miles while tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center.

Forecasters monitoring Disturbance 2

On the heels of weather system which brought heavy rainfall to the British Virgin Islands last week, forecasters are now monitoring a number of waves, notably Disturbance 2. According to the National Hurricane Centre, at 2:00 p.m.,the tropical wave located about 850 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing disorganised showers and a few thunderstorms. Environmental conditions are not expected to be favourable for significant development during the next couple of days, but could become more conducive by the end of the week as the system moves westward to west-northwestward at about 15 mph.