UPDATE: Aug 31, 9:01AM
While Tropical Storm Erika proved to be deadly in the island of Dominica, the storm broke apart before ever reaching Florida. All warnings and notices have been cancelled.
UPDATE: Aug 29, 9:25AM
With each update from meteorologists, Tropical Storm Erika’s path seems to be shifting westward. It’s even possible the storm could be demoted to a “tropical depression” by the time it reaches Florida. At this point, it seems unclear whether Erika will pose a very serious threat or just be a typical storm when it reaches the Fort Myers area.
UPDATE Aug 28, 1:19PM
The Tampa Tribune reported at 12:24pm today that Tropical Storm Erika is shifting westward.
Various recent reports are saying that Erika may not achieve hurricane status.
Many more reports have said that Erika is proving to be extremely unpredictable.
POSTED ON Aug 28, 8:12AM
According to multiple published reports, Florida Governor Rick Scott has just declared a state of emergency for every county in the state of Florida due to Tropical Storm Erika – which many experts predict will become a hurricane.
Erika is expected to hit our area very early on Monday, August 31, 2015.
State officials advise you to have at least three days worth of food on hand for your family. You should also have flash lights, batteries and emergency medical supplies as a precaution.
The last hurricane to hit Florida was Hurricane Wilma in 2005, which reports say killed 25 people and left most of South Florida without power for days.
Florida’s population has grown by at least 2 million people since 2005, meaning that Erika could be the first hurricane many new residents experience.
Please visit the National Hurricane Center website produced by the National Weather Service frequently. The website address is: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/