TropicsWACH: Tropical Storm Erin churning in the far eastern Atlantic

8 am forecast path for Tropical Storm Erin.

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Tropical Depression Five has been upgraded to a tropical storm.

Forecasters at The National Hurricane Center say Tropical Storm Erin has maximum sustained winds estimated at 40 mph.

The storm is currently located 65 miles west-southwest of Brava in the Cape Verde Islands and is moving to the west-northwest at 16 mph.

Some strengthening is forecasted over the next three days with a some weakening expected in five days.

Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect for the southern Cape Verde Islands of Maio, Santiago, Fogo, and Brava.

We are also monitoring an area of disturbed weather near the Yucatan Peninsula in the Caribbean Sea. The National Hurricane Center says it has a 50% chance of development in the next 48-hours. Some of the forecast models have this system developing into a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

Air Force Reconnaissence flights (Hurricane Hunters) are expected to begin Thursday for this area called "Invest 92L."

Regardless, if you have a last minute vacation planned along the Gulf Coast, keep this system in mind.

We will continue to monitor the tropics in the SkyWACH Weather Center