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Last Updated: 08/29/15 01:56:40 EDT
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Hurricane Summary POSTED: August 28, 2015 11:04 p.m. Tropical Storm Erika Eyes Cuba And Florida Tropical Storm Erika is located on the south coast of the Dominican Republic. The storm will continue on a westerly track near southern Hispaniola through tonight before crossing eastern Cuba tomorrow. Erika will likely emerge over the waters north of Cuba on Sunday before crossing the Florida Keys Sunday night and it could slow down or even stall near western Florida by Tuesday. Winds will gust to 40-50 mph over parts Hispaniola through tonight, perhaps spreading to far eastern Cuba by daybreak Saturday. There could be some power outages, mainly over the higher terrain. Erika will emerge north of Cuba over the weekend and interaction with the terrain of Cuba and Haiti should weaken the storm. Wind gusts of 40-45 mph will still be possible over southern Florida Sunday night and Monday. If Erika strengthens on its way toward Florida, winds could be higher. Heavy rain will shift west across Hispaniola tonight and could reach far eastern Cuba by Saturday morning before spreading to the west across more of eastern Cuba during the day Saturday. General rainfall amounts of 2-4 inches will fall across Hispaniola and eastern Cuba through Saturday. Highest amounts of 4-8 inches will fall from eastern Haiti eastward across the Dominican Republic, especially across the higher terrain. Although the rain will be beneficial due to the long-term drought in this region, there can be deadly flash flooding and mudslides. Heavy rain will spread north across the western and northern Bahamas and south Florida Sunday into Monday where several inches are likely and flooding is possible. Erika should track to the northwest across the Florida Keys Sunday night and then slow down near western Florida on Tuesday. This should spread heavy rain to the north across the peninsula. A large tropical wave about halfway between the Lesser Antilles and Africa is causing numerous showers and some thunderstorms. It is moving into an area of unfavorable wind shear so any development will be slow. Updated By AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck and Meteorologist Brandon Zapolski

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