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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.

Erika slightly weaker but tropical storm warning still in effect for BVI

At 200 PM AST, the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 16.5 North, longitude 63.8 West. Erika is moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 km/h). A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast later today, and this general motion should continue for the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Erika will move near the Virgin Islands later today, move near or over Puerto Rico tonight, and move near or over the Dominican Republic on Friday. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Erika approaching BVI

At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 16.6 North, longitude 58.9 West. Erika is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h). Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area in the Leeward Islands tonight, and the initial rain bands could begin affecting the BVI as early as Thursday morning with more intense effects occurring when the eye of the storm passes over or near the BVI. Sea conditions will begin to deteriorate tonight. Rough seas in excess of 10 feet is expected and the Antigua Meteorological Service has already issued a marine warning for mariners, small craft operators and sea bathers.

Tropical Storm Erika expected near BVI on Thursday

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 16.1 North, longitude 57.6 West. Erika is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h), and a west to west-northwestward motion is expected over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Erika will move near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Tropical Storm Erika showing little change in strength

At 11:00 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 15.2 degrees north, longitude 51 degrees west or about 909 miles east-southeast of the BVI. Erika is moving toward the west near 20 miles per hour (mph). A west-northwestward motion at a slightly slower forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Erika will be near the Leeward Islands Wednesday night and early Thursday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph with higher gusts. Some slow strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles from the center.

TS Danny downgraded to low pressure system

At 11:00 a.m., the center of what was Tropical Storm Danny was located near latitude 16.0 degrees north, longitude 62.0 degrees west or about 220 miles east-southeast of the British Virgin Islands. The low pressure system is moving toward the west near 12 miles per hour (mph). Maximum sustained winds are near 30 mph with higher gusts. The trough is expected to dissipate in a few days.

Hurricane Danny Category 3 but expected to weaken

At 5:00pm, the center of Hurricane Danny was located near latitude 14.5 degrees north, longitude 49.1 degrees west or about 1043 miles southeast of the British Virgin Islands. Hurricane Danny remains classified as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts, however, continued weakening is expected over the next several days and Danny is expected to be a strong tropical storm when it moves through the Leeward Islands early Monday.

Hurricane Danny upgraded to Category Two

At 11:00 a.m.,Hurricane Danny was upgraded to a Category Two Hurricane. The center of hurricane was located near latitude 14 degrees north, longitude 48.2 degrees west or about 1146 miles south east of the British Virgin Islands. Danny is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 miles per hour (mph). A turn toward the west is expected on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 105 mph with higher gusts.

Hurricane Danny increases in strength

Hurricane Danny has shown increased strength since being upgraded from a tropical storm earlier today. At 5:00 p.m., the center of Hurricane Danny was located near latitude 13 degrees north, longitude 45.7 degrees west or about 1292 miles south east of the British Virgin Islands. Danny is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 miles per hour (mph). This movement is expected to continue into Saturday. See the latest location and tracking forecast.

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.
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