Tropical Storm Erin spins in the Atlantic

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The tropics are starting to heat up.  A tropical wave could enter the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.  That has gulf coast residents on alert.

While we watch what's coming over the Yucatan, forecasters are also watching the African coast.  Tropical Storm Erin has formed in the eastern Atlantic, southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.  The storm's maximum sustained winds early Thursday are near 40 mph with additional strengthening forecast during the next few days.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern Cape Verde Islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo and Brava.

The storm is centered about 65 miles west-southwest of Brava and is moving west-northwest near 16 mph.

The WLOX 24/7 Weather team is monitoring the tropics.  They'll have every update you need to know on TV and on line.

This is a great time to remind you to download the WLOX Weather app.  That app has everything you'll need to know if tropical weather impacts South Mississippi.

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