Tropical Storm Erika forms over Atlantic


ORLANDO, Fla. – Tropical Storm Erika has formed in the central tropical Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center reported Monday night that Erika had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and was centered 955 miles (1,535 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands.

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Erika is moving west at 20 mph (31 kph), and while no current watches or warnings are in effect, forecasters say some watches may be required for a section of the Leeward Islands by early Tuesday.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 kms) from Erika's center.

"Expect an even hotter but dryer day Tuesday," Bridges said.  "I have 96 as the high, with only a 30 percent chance of rain."

Rain chances will be higher Wednesday through the end of the week at 50 to 60 percent, with afternoon high temperatures in the low 90s.

Ocala National Forest.
Ocala National Forest.

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