Tropical storm Erin makes waves

Tropical Storm Erin is the fifth named storm this hurricane season. The weather event was upgraded from Tropical Depression 5 to its current status on Wednesday.

Avalon Porter, a meteorologist with the Cayman Islands National Weather Service, said the storm is moving away from the Cape Verde Islands toward the west-northwest.

“By Tuesday [20 August], it should be a couple of hundred miles east-northeast of the east Windward Islands,” Mr. Porter said.

Tropical storm warnings in effect for the Cape Verde Islands have since been cancelled.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami on Thursday recorded Tropical Storm Erin as moving at 15 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds at 40 miles per hour.

Mr. Porter said the storm was expected to strengthen over the next couple days before weakening once more.
Current models predicting the storm’s likely route are all over the map. While many predict that the storm will curve north before reaching landfall in the US, others show it continuing on a westward track toward the Caribbean.

In any case, Mr. Porter advised the public in Cayman to watch and listen for updates on the storm’s status over the coming days.

“Anytime there’s a storm out there, we should all keep an eye on it,” he said.

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