FL prepares for TS Erika

Deadly storm rakes Caribbean with lots of rain, mudslides and high winds

August 28, 2015

Florida emergency officials are preparing for the worst, if Tropical Storm Erika stays on its current track and strength.

Rick Scott, Florida's governor, declared a state of emergency Friday and said the storm is potentially a "severe threat to the entire state." Even if the storms winds decrease -- a possibility suggested by some forecasters -- the heavy rains appear certain to cause problems in the state.

Forecasters predict the storm will hit the western coast of southern Florida Monday morning and will slowly proceed north, sparing only the western tip of the Florida Panhandle before reaching eastern Georgia Wednesday morning. It would be the first tropical storm to hit southern Florida since Tropical Storm Bonnie in 2010.

The first tropical storm of the 2015 season to threaten the U.S. coast, has already killed ar least a dozen people, destroyed homes and knocked out electrical power across the Caribbean.

Residents of Dominica, reported flooding rains, mudslides and high winds that destroyed homes and killed at least 20 people. In Haiti, two coastal cities were evacuated in anticipation of the storm Friday.

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