At 8 p.m., the center of
Tropical Storm Erika was located near latitude 16.7
North, longitude 64.7 West. Erika has slowed down a
little and is now moving westward near 12 miles per
hour. Erika should resume a west-northwest track with a
slight increase in forward speed later tonight. This
general motion is expected to continue for the next 48
hours. On the forecast track, the center of Erika will
move near the US Virgin Islands this evening, move near
or over Puerto Rico tonight, and move near or over the
Dominican Republic on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds
remain near 45 miles per hour with higher gusts. No
significant change in strength is forecast during the
next 48 hours. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward
up to 140 miles primarily to the southeast of the
IMPACT ON VIRGIN ISLANDS:
Based on the current forecast, Erika will make the
closest point of approach to the territory at 10 p.m.
when the storm center is forecast to be some 46 miles to
the southwest of St. Croix. At that time, Erika's top
winds are expected about 45-50 miles per hour with gusts
up to 60 miles.
Tropical storm force
winds are currently being felt across portions of St.
Croix. Those winds will continue to affect the islands
and last through 5 a.m. Friday with the peak winds of 46
miles per hour occurring at about midnight.
St. Thomas and St. John
will begin to experience sustained tropical storm force
winds at 10 p.m. continuing for about nine hours with
the peak winds of 44 miles per hour being experienced at
midnight. Tropical Storm Erika continues on track to
cross US Virgin islands and Puerto Rico but with the
most intense winds and rainfall within a few hours of
Rainfall and flooding are
still the major concerns. Rainfall estimates for the
local islands stand at 4 to 8 inches with up to 12
inches possible. Significant rains from tropical storm
Erika will continue over Puerto Rico during the day
Friday and continue the threat of flooding.
The next complete
advisory is at 11 p.m.
territorywide at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at the following
- Herbert Grigg Home on
- Knud Hansen Complex on
- Julius Sprauve School
and Guy Benjamin Elementary School on St. John.
Special Medical Needs
Shelters are open for individuals with medical
conditions needing shelter. Shelters are located at:
- Charles Harwood Clinic
on St. Croix.
- Roy Lester Schneider
Hospital on St. Thomas