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8 p.m. update: Erika is forecast to weaken to a tropical depression on Saturday, the National Hurricane Center says, but it’s possible the tropical storm could even degenerate into a trough of low pressure while moving over the mountains of Hispaniola and eastern Cuba. 400 more words
Tropical Storm Erika is hammering the islands on its way to Florida with torrential rain and flooding.
At least four people died in Dominica yesterday and 20 are missing, according to the Associated Press. 156 more words
Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency ahead of Erika.
Issued this morning, the declaration says that Tropical Storm Erika is expected to travel up the spine of Florida and designates the director of the division of emergency management as the coordinating officer for the duration of the emergency. 222 more words