TS Erika Swirls Toward Puerto Rico, Dumps Heavy Rain

27 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Erika Nears Leeward Islands, TS Conditions Early By Thursday.

Most of the area is still in Erika’s cone of uncertainty, and forecasters say the storm still could make landfall in Florida – or at least produce some rain and wind as it moves up the coast. SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A fast-moving Tropical Storm Erika neared Antigua and Barbuda early Thursday, dumping rain on the eastern Caribbean on a path expected to take it by Puerto Rico later in the day. As of 8 a.m., Erika had strengthened slightly with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and tropical storm force winds extending 105 miles out from the center.

Across the region, officials ordered schools, airports and even casinos to close and they prepared shelters ahead of the storm, which was not expected to strengthen over the next two days. Parts of the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic could see up to 8 inches of rain through Saturday, according to the Hurricane Center. Boats at Shell Beach Marina on Antigua’s north coast have been out of the water since Saturday, with people not taking chances as Erika approaches, said Caroline Davy, a marina employee. Tropical Storm Watches remain in effect for Guadeloupe, North coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Cabo Frances, Southeastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.

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