Tropical storm Erika strengthens east of West Indies

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 26, 2015 8:15 AM

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Erika, the fifth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season, has grown slightly stronger, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.

The storm was located about 335 miles (540 km) east of Antigua, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

"Some slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours," the NHC added.

(Reporting by Koustav Samanta and Anupam Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)