A disturbance in the eastern Atlantic was upgraded to Tropical Storm
Erin early Thursday morning.
The system was about 115 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands Thursday morning, moving at about 15 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to an 10 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.
Shawn O'Neal, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Slidell said it's a little early to tell how Erin will affect South Mississippi.
"Erin is about 10 days away from affecting anywhere in the United States," O'Neal said. "It's going to run into some cooler waters."
Closer to home, a disturbance in the northwestern Caribbean has been given a 50 percent chance of further development by the NHC. Wednesday evening, the storm had a 70 percent chance of worsening.
"The one closer to home is a different story," O'Neal said. "It's not been named yet, the chance of development has actually fallen."
O'Neal said the system has weakened since interacting with land, but has a chance of strengthening again when it moves into open water.
"We're definitely not ruling it out at this point," O'Neal said, adding that the system would affect South Mississippi this weekend, late Saturday and early Sunday.
Erin is the fifth named storm so far in the 2013 season, which the NHC predicts will be more active than usual.
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