New Tropical Storm Warnings Issued as Erika Approaches

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New tropical storm warnings issued as Erika approaches.

A tropical storm warning was issued Wednesday morning for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Leeward Islands as a strengthening Erika continued a path that could affect South Florida by the weekend. The storm could weaken as it moves over land or encounters dry conditions that helped snuff Danny. “We don’t even have a hurricane until Sunday afternoon, and there’s a great deal of uncertainty about that, so the best thing for South Florida residents to do is check back every day or so,” said hurricane center spokesman and meteorologist Dennis Feltgen. Over the next five days, forecasters predict Erika will gradually strengthen but barely muster hurricane strength Sunday as it passes over the Bahamas. “We are preparing accordingly as if we are going to be impacted between now and Saturday,” said Captain Stephen Russell, head of the Bahamas National Emergency Management Agency.

Residents, he said, are being warned to make every effort to “safeguard their property and their lives.” Unlike Danny, a compact storm able to quickly intensify and just as quickly lose strength, forecasters say Erika will take longer to build. They’ve been looking at this stuff for years,” he said. “Another thing to keep in mind —and this goes back to the 2004 season — please don’t pay attention to the skinny black line in the cone because the center of the storm can be anywhere in that cone.” A big if in Erika’s track is a system forming off the U.S.’s Southeast coast.

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