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 (75 kph) and was centered 955 miles (1,535 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands.

Erika is moving west at 20 mph (31 kph), 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 (130 kms) from Erika’s center.

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Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.