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Tropical Storm Erika Remains Disorganized

Tropical Storm Erika’s path on Friday morning is still puzzling forecasters, as it is headed south of Puerto Rico and moving west-northwest. One big question among forecasters is what happens when it crosses the Dominican Republic? It's pretty disorganized now, so it could fizzle out over Hispanola. If it survives that trip, Erika will re-enter warm water and get stronger, according to Florida Public Radio meteorologist Jeff Huffman.
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Today, Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency for Florida in preparation for Tropical Storm Erika.

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Tropical Storm Erika Remains Disorganized

7 hours ago
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Tropical Storm Erika’s path on Friday morning is still puzzling forecasters, as it is headed south of Puerto Rico and moving west-northwest. 

One big question among forecasters is what happens when it crosses the Dominican Republic?  It's pretty disorganized now, so it could fizzle out over Hispanola. If it survives that trip, Erika will re-enter warm water and get stronger, according to Florida Public Radio meteorologist Jeff Huffman.

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Erika's Potential Path Still Uncertain

21 hours ago
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Florida Public Radio Emergency Network Meteorologist Jeff Huffman says it’s hard to forecast a tropical storm like Erika, as it hasn’t matured and a steering pattern is yet to be established.

Here’s his take, as of 5 p.m. Thursday advisory:

The storm is disorganized and about 100 miles off track from the exact spot it was forecast to be just 24 hours prior.  It’s interesting to note, however, that the storm is within the cone of uncertainty at that time.

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Aug 27, 2015
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

  The Florida Emergency Operations Center is under what it calls Level Two preparations as Tropical Storm Erika spins toward the Caribbean Islands.

The partial activation of the State Emergency Response Team means emergency officials are urging residents to get ready just in case.

Florida Public Radio meteorologist Jeff Huffman said there has been a shift as Erika is starting to shift as it moves toward the Leeward Islands.  Forecasters suggest it may still become a hurricane, but may take more of a northwestern turn and paralleling perhaps Florida’s eastern coast.

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