28 Aug '15, 8pm

Florida governor declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika approaches

Late yesterday afternoon, the weather service estimated that Erika would reach Florida on Monday night or early Tuesday morning, possibly as a Category 1 hurricane. This morning, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in preparation for the storm’s arrival on the state’s southeastern coast. It has been 10 years since Florida last faced a major hurricane, which was Hurricane Wilma in 2005. That storm began as the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. With Erika picking up strength, forecasters are suggesting this could be the one to break the calm. Currently a tropical storm, Erika has already caused at least 12 deaths in Dominica, where the storm dumped 12 inches of water in as many hours.

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