Erika Now Predicted To Hit Central Florida As Tropical Storm Early Tuesday Morning
By Space Coast Daily // August 28, 2015
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER – The center of Tropical Storm Erika is approaching the Dominican Republican.
The 8 a.m. EDT/AST position is 90 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo. Erika is moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph and this general motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours.
On the forecast track, the center of Erika will move over the Dominican Republic today, near the Turks and Caicos Islands tonight, and near the central and northwestern Bahamas Saturday and Saturday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph. Some weakening is forecast for today as Erika moves over land, followed by little change in strength through Saturday.
8:00 AM AST Fri Aug 28
Location: 17.7°N 68.5°W
Moving: WNW at 17 mph
Min pressure: 1006 mb
Max sustained: 50 mph
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the Southeast and Central Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Northwestern Bahamas. Interests in eastern and central Cuba, as well as the southern Florida Peninsula and Florida Keys, should monitor the progress of Erika.
The greatest short-term threat posed by Erika continues to be very heavy rainfall over portions of the the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti today. These rains could produce flash floods and mud slides.
Get the latest on this tropical cyclone by visiting the NHC website atwww.hurricanes.gov