Lansing, MI 48910
Last Updated: 08/28/15 14:56:39 EDT
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Hurricane Summary POSTED: August 28, 2015 11:15 a.m. Tropical Storm Erika to Pass Over Hispaniola Today, Head Towards Florida This Weekend Tropical Storm Erika is southwest of Puerto Rico and will track directly over Hispaniola today. From there, Erika should move between eastern Cuba and the southern Bahamas Saturday, then move toward southern Florida later Sunday or Sunday night. Erika will encounter increasing wind shear over the next 24 hours. This along with interacting with land over Hispaniola will likely result in some weakening. Regardless, Erika will bring heavy rain from western Puerto Rico across Hispaniola with heavy rain and gusty winds. Rainfall amounts of 2-4 inches will be common over Hispaniola and eventually into the southern Bahamas. A swath of 4- to 8-inch rainfall amounts are expected parts of the Dominican Republic. Although rain is beneficial in the long-term drought relief for the northern Caribbean Islands, heavy rain will also result in flash flooding and mudslides. Gusty wind may also cause isolated power outages. A wind gust to 62 mph was observed in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Thursday evening. On Saturday, Erika will likely emerge over the waters south of the Bahamas, but due to land interaction and increased wind shear, the storm will not have increased in strength and may have even weakened. Erika looks to make direct landfall in southern Florida early Monday morning and will produce gusty winds and heavy rainfall across the region. Due to the southward and westward shift in track, it is becoming less likely that Erika will be able to reach hurricane strength. There is also a chance that the storm will weaken considerably crossing Hispaniola and never recovers that the system is quite weak when it reaches Florida. If this were to happen, heavy rain would be the primary concern. A tropical wave west of the Cape Verde Islands has weakened and is no longer expected to be a threat. The rest of the Atlantic Basin is expected to be quiet for the next 48 hours. Updated By AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jack Boston and AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Wimer

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