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.