Monday, August 31, 2009

Up next: Erika

The fifth named tropical storm of the season is all but inevitable as a wave now moving toward the Windward Islands is getting extremely organized.

The storm would be named Erika.

"Right now, it looks really impressive on satellite images," Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, told McClatchy Newspapers. "We've had some flare ups of showers and thunderstorms today."

At 2 p.m., the storm was moving west-northwest at 15 mph. Its center was about 500 miles east of the islands.

Some computer models have the storm staying on a southerly path, unlike Bill and Danny, which both curved north between Bermuda and the East Coast of the United States.

-- News Editor Brent Conklin

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