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(NEW YORK) — A tropical storm is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean but will it be a threat to the U.S.?

Tropical Storm Erika formed overnight and is heading towards the Leeward Islands.

“Right now it’s out in the central tropical Atlantic, about 955 miles east of the Leeward Islands, formed as a tropical storm on Monday evening, has maximum winds right now of about 45 miles per hour,” says Michael Brennan, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

He says it’s too early to determine whether or not the storm will affect the East Coast.

“Over the next few days we expect Erika to approach the northern Leeward Islands as we get into the middle and later portions of the week, and perhaps move near Puerto Rico and Hispaniola and into the vicinity of the southeastern Bahamas as we go into the weekend,” says Brennan.

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