Tropical storm watches issued for Erika

MIAMI (WNCN) — A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands as Tropical Storm Erika continues.

Both NOAA and Air Force hurricane hunter planes investigated Erika on Tuesday and found a disorganized storm, forecasters say.

Erika, with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph, is moving toward the west near 18 mph. A west to west-northwestward motion at a slightly slower forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours, forecasters said.

On the forecast track, the center of Erika will be near the Leeward Islands Wednesday night and early Thursday.

No significant change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, the National Hurricane Center said.

But, beyond that, “the intensity forecast continues to be highly uncertain,” National Weather Service forecasters said, adding that the storm could dissipate like Danny did.

However, Erika “has a large cyclonic envelope, and this is a favorable factor for the cyclone to strengthen.”

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

The Meteorological Service of Curacao has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Saba and St. Eustatius.

The Meteorological Service of St. Maarten has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for St. Maarten.

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

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