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Follow-The-Leader Tropical Storm Erika Takes Danny’s Path


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MIAMI – Invest 98L became Tropical Storm Erika in the Atlantic last evening and is on a track that  people in the Virgin Islands should pay attention to.

As Tropical Rainstorm Danny tracks across the northern Caribbean islands, Erika will take a path slightly farther north and will bring another round of rainfall.

Erika was located about 640 miles east of the Leeward Islands and was moving west at 20 mph according to the National Hurricane Center‘s 11 a.m. EST update.

Erika’s maximum sustained winds were 45 mph, and the storm was expected to strengthen some over the next few days and could be in the Virgin Islands sometime Thursday.

This system will be steered westward by a large dome of high pressure across the Atlantic on its way there – on very much the same track that Danny took.

“This high is expected to guide Erika on a west-northwest course through Thursday,” said AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

Some Caribbean islands were placed under tropical storm watches again today, just a day after Tropical Storm Danny passed through while weakening.

As of this morning tropical storm watches were in effect for Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

Additional watches may be required for the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as Erika may spread rain and wind into those drought-suffering areas Thursday into Friday.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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