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NHC: Erika Is The Tropical Storm The Virgin Islands Has To Watch Out For

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MIAMI – The Virgin Islands may face another threat from a tropical storm this week.

The National Hurricane Center on Monday morning was tracking a tropical wave that was likely to become Tropical Storm Erika soon.

Hurricane forecasters said Monday morning that Invest 98L appeared more organized and could be upgraded to a tropical depression later today.

As of this morning that wave, Invest 98L, was located 1,250 miles east of the southern Lesser Antilles was moving west at about 20 mph.

The hurricane center said a tropical depression could form as early as today.

The hurricane center said 98L continued to look more organized on Monday morning and the low pressure area was becoming better defined.

It was also in a good area for development with warm water, in terms of there being less Saharan dust and lower wind shear.

A storm has to have winds of 39 mph to be considered a tropical storm and get a name. The next name on the list is Erika.

There is a second tropical disturbance near the Cape Verde Islands in the eastern Atlantic being watched by forecasters.

That tropical wave still appeared disorganized this morning and had only a 10 percent chance of development, the hurricane center said.

Tropical Storm Danny was downgraded to a tropical depression on Monday.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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