Tropical Storm Erika approaching the Leeward Islands

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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 11:30 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika headed toward the Leeward Islands, and now Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are under a tropical storm watch.

Erika was centered Tuesday night about 495 miles (800 kilometers) east of Antigua, moving west at 18 mph (30 kph). Forecasters say it's poorly organized and has top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph).

A tropical storm warning covers Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten. A tropical storm watch covers Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, and Montserrat.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Ignacio has strengthened in the eastern Pacific with top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) as it moves westward some 1,525 miles (2,455 kilometers) east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii.