Tropical Storm Erika develops in Atlantic

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 and was centered 955 miles east of the Leeward Islands.

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Erika is moving west at 20 mph, 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 from Erika’s center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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