Erika eyeing Leeward Islands


MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika is moving quickly toward the Leeward Islands.

Erika was centered early this morning about 445 miles east of Antigua, moving west at 18 mph. National Hurricane Center forecasters say it has top sustained winds of 40 mph. No significant change in strength is expected over the next two days.

A tropical storm warning covers Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. A tropical storm watch covers Puerto Rico, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, and Montserrat.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ignacio has strengthened in the eastern Pacific with top sustained winds of 45 mph as it moves westward some 1,525 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii.

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