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Erika's Potential Path Still Uncertain

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. Tropical Storm Erika had winds up to 45...
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Erika's Potential Path Still Uncertain

8 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.

Aimee Blodgett / USF

The start of a new school year brings yet another multi-million dollar donation to the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business.

However, this time it’s not a school in the College that’s being renamed, but an entire set of programs that are considered key to student success.

Barron "Barry" Gift Collier III and his wife, Dana, are giving his alma mater $10.85 million to start the Collier Student Success Center.


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William Garamella

Of the 1,100 acres that make up Fort De Soto County Park, the beaches probably get the most traffic. Both are close to grassy picnic areas under shade trees.  

Tropical Storm Erika Growing Stronger

17 hours ago
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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Tropical Storm Erika May Target Florida

Aug 26, 2015
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Tropical Storm Erika is currently disorganized, with inconsistent convection and an exposed center of circulation. The official forecast is for Erika to change little in strength on a track near the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. Erika could strengthen into a hurricane near the Bahamas by Sunday.

Forecast models are in reasonable agreement with this track through Saturday, then diverge beyond. However, there are extreme differences in how strong Erika could be at this point.

University of South Florida

UPDATED AT 4 P.M. with quotes from Judy Genshaft & David Jolly

John F. Germany, who was one of the most influential lawyers in Florida and one of the instrumental forces in the creation of the University of South Florida, died Wednesday morning.

Published reports say Germany, 92, died of cancer.

He was a founding partner of the Holland & Knight law firm, one of a handful of men who pushed aside obstacles to build USF and the downtown Tampa public library that bears his name.

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