TROPICAL STORM ERIKA FORMS OVER THE CENTRAL TROPICAL ATLANTIC

By  //  August 25, 2015

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Tropical Storm Erika has formed in the central Tropical Atlantic. Some strengthening is expected as Erika moves westward. (NHC image)

Tropical Storm Erika has formed in the central Tropical Atlantic. Some strengthening is expected as Erika moves westward. (NHC image)

NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER – Tropical Storm Erika has formed in the central Tropical Atlantic. Some strengthening is expected as Erika moves westward.

11:00 PM AST Mon Aug 24
Location: 14.4°N 47.7°W
Moving: W at 20 mph
Min pressure: 1003 mb
Max sustained: 45 mph

At 1100 PM AST (0300 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Erika was
located near latitude 14.4 North, longitude 47.7 West.

Erika ismoving toward the west near 20 mph (31 km/h). A westward to
west-northwestward motion with some decrease in forward speed is
expected during the next couple of days.

Buoy observations and satellite wind data indicate that the maximum
sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Some
strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km)
from the center. Earlier this evening, NOAA buoy 41041 reported
sustained winds of 45 mph with a gust to 51 mph.

The estimated minimum central pressure based on data from the NOAA
buoy is 1003 mb (29.62 inches).

The latest available information can be found at www.nhc.noaa.gov


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