Tropical Storm Emily strengthening, moving slowly.

At 11am, the centre of Tropical Storm Emily was near latitude 11.0 north and longitude 51.3 west or about 575 miles east-southeast of Barbados.

Emily is moving west quickly, at approximately 20 miles per hour. A turn to the west-northwest is expected during the next 24 hours.

Emily boasts maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The storm is trengthening, meaning it has the potential to become a hurricane before reaching the Windward Islands, which have issued a series of hurricane watches.

At 11am, watches have been issued in Barbados, Grenada, the Grenadines, St. Vincent and St Lucia by the appropriate governments.

A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area during the fo9loowing 36 hours.

At 11am, the government of Trinidad issued a tropical storm watch for the island of Tobago.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area during the following 36 hours.

Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 50 miles from the centre of the storm.

Emily poses little threat to the Cayman Islands at present, but residents should be aware that a storm is talking shape and on the move.