Regional carrier Liat canceled five flights today, 11 flights Thursday and one flight Friday as Tropical Storm Erika continues to steam toward the eastern Caribbean.

American and US Airways have relaxed change-fee policies through Aug. 28 for flights to Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, St. Croix, San Juan, St. Maarten and Guadeloupe.

Erika was 335 miles east of Antigua on Wednesday morning and is expected to move across the Leeward Islands tonight and Thursday with rain, wind and rough surf.

The storm is later predicted to move across the northern Caribbean as a tropical storm.

Tropical storm watches are in effect for Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, St. Barts and St. Maarten/Martin.

A tropical storm watch means that conditions are favorable for the area to experience storm conditions within a two-day period.

Erika may bring much-needed rain to drought-suffering islands in the northern Caribbean as Hurricane Danny did last week before fizzling out.

Erika's future track and intensity beyond Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands remain very uncertain and could move near the Bahamas and possibly parts of the southeastern U.S. coast next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Despite a quiet three months, late August through September typically mark the peak of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season, which ends Nov. 30.


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