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Tropical storm conditions and heavy rain are still affecting Puerto Rico and the Virgins Islands this morning. Tropical Storm Erika is centered about 155 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic,moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph This general motion is expected to continue for the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center of Erika will move over the Dominican Republic today, move near the Turks and Caicos Islands tonight, and move near the central and northwestern Bahamas Saturday and Saturday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast for today as Erika moves over land, followed by little change in strength through Saturday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for St. Martin, St. Barthelemy,
Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the Southeast and Central, Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Northwestern Bahamas.

The greatest short-term threat posed by Erika continues to be very heavy rainfall over portions of the the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti today. These rains could produce flash floods and mud slides.

Get the latest on this tropical cyclone by visiting the NHC website at www.hurricanes.gov