Five Day Forecast For Tropical Storm Erika
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September 01, 2009 00:00 UTC
A tropical storm watch is in effect for St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts – Nevis, Anguilla, St. Martin and St.
Barthelemy. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area… generally within 36 hours.
Interests elsewhere in the Northern Leeward Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of Erika.
At 8:00 PM EDT (00:00 UTC) (September 01, 2009) the center of Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 17.2 north… longitude 57.3 west or about 390 miles… 625 km… east of the Northern Leeward Islands.
Erika has been meandering for the past 3 hours…but is expected to begin moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph… 15 km/hr… tonight. This general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. On this track… the center of Erika is expected to remain to the northeast of the Leeward Islands.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph… 85 km/hr… with higher gusts. Some slow strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles… 165 km from the center.
The latest minimum central pressure reported by an air force reserve reconnaissance aircraft is 1004 mb… 29.66 inches.