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Erika Poorly Organized; Tropical Storm Watch Issued For BVI

LOCATION…16.0N 54.4W
ABOUT 495 MI…800 KM E OF ANTIGUA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 280 DEGREES AT 18 MPH…30 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1006 MB…29.71 INCHES

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands.

The Meteorological Service of Antigua has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Anguilla and a Tropical Storm Watch for the British Virgin Islands.

At 1100 PM AST (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 16.0 North, longitude 54.4 West. Erika is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h), and a west to 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 are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. No significant change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.  Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) to the north and east of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches).

CLOSEST POINT OF APPROACH

Earlier forecasts had the centre of Erika crossing Anegada but later forecasts, including the 11pm, have Erika passing south of Tortola, currently through The Bight on Norman Island.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area by late Wednesday, and tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area by Wednesday night or early Thursday.

RAINFALL: Erika is expected to produce total rain accumulations of2 to 4 inches over many of the Leeward Islands through Thursday.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • Anguilla
  • Saba, St. Eustatius
  • St. Maarten

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Montserrat
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • Guadeloupe, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy
  • Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.