- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - New tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas as Tropical Storm Erika approaches.

The deadly storm, which has been lashing Puerto Rico with heavy rains, has maximum sustained winds early Friday near 50 mph (85 kph).

The storm is centered about 155 miles (250 kilometers) east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and is moving west-northwest near 17 mph (28 kph).

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Jimena has strengthened to a hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph). The hurricane is centered about 1,045 miles (1,680 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula and is moving west near 14 mph (22 kph). The hurricane doesn’t currently pose a threat to any land.

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