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Tropical Storm Erika moving towards Leeward Islands; Tropical Storm Watches Issued

Tropical Storm Erika which formed late Monday night in the central Atlantic is moving towards the west near 20 mph (31 km/h). 

At 11:00 am AST (15:00 UTC), Tropical Storm Erika was located 1,170 km E of the Leeward Islands. Erika is expected to remain a tropical storm and gather strength as it moves quickly to the west, National Hurricane Center (NHC) mentioned.

The government of France has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Guadeloupe, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy.

Summary of watches and warning in effect

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Montserrat
* Antigua and Barbuda
* St. Kitts and Nevis
* Anguilla
* Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten
* Guadeloupe, St. Martin, and St. Barthelemy

Coastal Watches/Warnings and 5-Day Forecast Cone for TS Erika (NHC)
The name Erika has been used for five tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean. Earlier the name was used in 1991, 1997, 2003 and 2009 AD. 

Tropical Storm Erika projected path

Erika is moving toward the west near 20 mph (31 km/h), and a west-northwestward motion at a slightly slower forward speed is expected over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track of NHC, the center of Erika will be near the Leeward Islands Wednesday night and early Thursday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some slow strengthening is possible during the next 48 hours.