Early projections from the National Hurricane Center show Tropical Storm Emily brushing Florida's east coast, beginning early Saturday morning.
Emily, with maximum sustained wins of 50 miles per hour, was about 145 miles south-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as of early Wednesday.
The poorly organized storm is heading westward, according to the hurricane center.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the southeast Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands. A tropical storm watch is in effect for the central Bahamas.