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Erika – Tropical Storm Conditions Will Develop Through Day

At 8.00am, the eye of the storm was about 180 miles (290 km) away from Tortola. If the system keeps moving at its current speed of 16 mph, the eye of Tropical Storm Erika will be over Tortola at approximately 7.00pm tonight.

However, with tropical storm force winds extending outwards 105 miles from the centre, tropical storm winds will start being felt at about 1.00pm today.

The eye is currently expected to pass to the south west of Tortola, about 19 miles away from Beef Island. However, please note the image above for the bigger picture!

Erika is expected to produce minimal storm force winds ranging between 35 and 55 mph. However, peak gusts of 50 to 75 mph are possible,” according to the BVI DDM.

Heavy showers and storms are likely to affect the Leeward Islands today, the Virgin Islands by this evening and overnight.  The showers and storms could produce locally heavy rainfall that could result in localized flooding. Some of the strongest storms could contain wind gusts strong enough to cause scattered power outages.
The Antigua Meteorological Service issued a marine warning for mariners, small craft operators and sea bathers since yesterday.  Mariners should have already sought safe anchorage for their vessels, as seas are deteriorating and could peak near 12 feet during the passage of Erika.