Tropical storm could brush South Florida

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The National Hurricane Center is telling residents and businesses in South Florida to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Emily as it heads toward the United States.

The storm is expected to skirt Florida’s east coast, starting early Saturday.

Emily, with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles an hour, was about 105 miles south-southeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, this morning. The center of the storm is expected to move across the southwestern peninsula of Haiti today and over extreme eastern Cuba tonight or early Friday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the southeastern and central Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands and portions of eastern Cuba.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the northwestern Bahamas.