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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A low pressure system located in the central Atlantic Ocean has strengthened into Tropical Storm Erika, the fifth storm of the 2015 Atlantic season.

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The center of the system is located about 1,535 miles east of the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds reaching 45 miles per hour with gusts up to 51 mph.

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Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 mph from the center.

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It’s moving toward the west near 20 mph and it’s expected to continue to move toward the west-northwest Monday night with a decrease in forward speed expected during the next couple of days.

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This forecast track takes the storm toward the Leeward Islands, where tropical storm watches may be required on Tuesday morning.