SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Thursday morning's update on Tropical Storm Erika makes it a little stronger, with max winds of 50 miles per hour. The poorly organized tropical storm was moving to the west at about 16 miles per hour.
Dry air, wind shear, and possible interaction with island terrain should keep Erika's development slow through Sunday. But, if the storm reaches the Bahamas early next week, conditions will become favorable to see Erika develop into a hurricane then. Residents in Florida will need to pay attention to the latest with this storm. At this time, no impacts are expected along the MS Gulf Coast.
Generally, Erika's long-term forecast remained uncertain on Thursday since the storm could actually fall apart before it reaches the Bahamas. But, as Sunday approaches, the real truth about Erika's future should be revealed. And at that time, forecasters should definitively know whether this storm will threaten the Gulf or not.