Erika expected in Leeward Islands early Thursday

Tropical Storm Erika is packing sustained winds of 45 mph with higher gusts. Most of the stronger winds will occur on the eastern half of the storm. About 3” – 5” of rain is expected to fall from a system whose storm force winds extend outward 105 miles.

Erika, at 5 p.m., the National Hurricane Center plotted Erika at about 195 miles east of Antigua, or 250 miles east-south-east of St. Kitts and Nevis. All countries in the Leeward Islands are under Tropical Storm Warning.

Meanwhile, cruise liners Carnival Conquest and Carnival Liberty scheduled to dock at Port Zante on Thursday and Friday respectively have had to cancel their port calls because of “deployment initiatives” associated with Danny and now Erika.

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