Tropical Storm Erika Enters the Caribbean

Tropical Storm Erika, the 5th named storm of the season, entered the northeast Caribbean early this morning as it passed through the Leeward Islands between Guadeloupe and Antigua. Fortunately, there were no reports of damage thanks in part to the effects of inhibiting wind shear, which kept the storm from strengthening. Erika originated as a wave of low pressure that was first detected on Friday the 21st of August midway between the West Coast of Africa and the Cape Verde Islands. The wave then tracked westward across the tropical mid Atlantic where it eventually intensified enough to become