Tropical Storm Erika has many Caribbean islanders on alert.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Saba and St. Eustatius. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 24 hours.
Interests elsewhere in the Leeward Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico should monitor the progress of Erika. Tropical storm watches or warnings could be required for a portion of these areas later today, according to the Hurricane Center.
The advisory released at 11 a.m. Wednesday by the National Hurricane Center in Miami reports Erika moving toward the west near 10 mph, approaching the Leeward Islands.
The center of the storm was estimated to be near latitude 16.5 north and longitude 60.4 west, or about 100 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands. Erika will be moving through the Leeward Islands tonight and Thursday.
The storm's maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph, with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast today, but some slight restrengthening is possible Thursday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles, mainly to the east of the center.
Erika is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over much of the Lesser Antilles during the next couple of days with isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches possible. Over Puerto Rico, 3 to 5 inches of rain are possible during the next few days with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches.