Dr. Masters co-founded wunderground in 1995. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990. Co-blogging with him: Bob Henson, @bhensonweather
By: Jeff Masters, 3:45 PM GMT on August 28, 2015
Tropical Storm Erika is headed into the teeth of Hispaniola's 10,000-foot high mountains, as the storm marches west-northwest at 17 mph, spreading torrential rains and sustained winds of 50 mph along its path. The biggest danger of the storm to the islands is heavy rainfall; according to the Antigua Met Service, Canefield Airport on Dominica recorded 12.62" (320.6 mm) of rain in twelve hours on Wednesday night and Thursday morning from Erika, and the resulting heavy...
Updated: 6:30 PM GMT on August 28, 2015
By: Bob Henson, 3:19 AM GMT on August 28, 2015
Still poorly organized--but already deadly, and growing in size--Tropical Storm Erika is likely to cause problems in Puerto Rico on Thursday night into Friday. At least four people were killed by mudslides in the wake of Erika’s passage over Dominica. The capital of Roseau, on the island’s southwest coast, was hard-hit with major river and street flooding. According to weather.com, Canefield Airport on Dominica received 12.64” of rain between 2:00 am and 2:00 ...
Updated: 7:07 AM GMT on August 28, 2015
By: Jeff Masters, 2:23 PM GMT on August 27, 2015
Heavy rains and strong gusty winds are sweeping through much of the northern Lesser Antilles Islands today as Tropical Storm Erika heads west at 16 mph. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft was in the storm Thursday morning, and at 8 am EDT found Erika's top surface winds were 50 mph, with a central pressure nearly unchanged at 1004 mb. The aircraft also found the center had jogged to the south by about 20 miles between 5 am and 8 am, a position which put the cent...
Updated: 6:54 PM GMT on August 27, 2015
By: Bob Henson, 1:36 AM GMT on August 27, 2015
After going through a rather sickly phase during the day on Wednesday, Tropical Storm Erika began to rally after sunset, a sign that it may yet survive--and perhaps eventually thrive--en route to a possible U.S. East Coast landfall. As of 8:00 pm EDT Tuesday, Erika was located at 16.7°N, 59.5°W, or about 150 miles east of Antigua. Erika remains a relatively weak tropical storm, with top sustained winds of around 45 mph. An Air Force hurricane hunter measured peak ...
Updated: 1:38 AM GMT on August 27, 2015
By: Jeff Masters, 3:33 PM GMT on August 26, 2015
Tropical storm warnings are flying for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and much of the northern Lesser Antilles Islands as Tropical Storm Erika speeds westwards at 17 mph. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft was in the storm Wednesday morning, and found Erika's winds had increased slightly, with top surface winds up to 45 mph from their previous 40 mph. Erika's tropical storm-force winds were all on the east and northeast sides of the storm. Satellite loops on W...
Updated: 6:14 PM GMT on August 26, 2015