Tropical Storm Erin expected to veer away from Caribbean
Published: August 16, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Tropical Storm Erin, which formed as Tropical Depression 5 in the far east Atlantic on Wednesday, is projected to veer out into the Atlantic and away from the Caribbean by early next week.
"We still need to have some awareness, but it looks like the system will not affect us," said Ernesto Morales, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Juan.
However, Morales said that there is significant uncertainty when a system is as far away as Erin is.
"The trend is that it's going very far north, but that could change too," he said. "It's very difficult to say."
At press time Thursday, the center of Erin was approximately 340 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was moving west-northwest at 15 mph.
Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph, with higher gusts, and some strengthening was forecast for the next couple of days, according to the Hurricane Center.
The Hurricane Center trajectory Thursday night had Erin taking a northwestward track into the Atlantic that moves it away from the Caribbean. The trajectory has it remaining a tropical storm until Tuesday, when it is projected to become a tropical depression.