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Tropical Storm Erika Growing Stronger

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.

Matthew Moreland, with the National Hurricane Center in Key West, said there may be more fluctuations in the forecast.  

“There’s more uncertainty than normal with the forecast, not only the track forecast, but these types of systems sometimes get re-centered,” he said. “So the track forecast is very uncertain but also the intensity forecast.

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