Probable, forecast track from National Hurricane Center, according to 5 a.m. advisory, Aug. 29, 2015. Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in Florida. Governor Scott met with emergency management staff in Miami and Tampa on Friday for updates on Erika. Graphic, photo: National Hurricane Center, NOAA, Twitter
Floridians are relieved Tropical Depression Erika became remnants as it approached Cuba. The last National Hurricane Advisory on Erika was at 9:30 a.m. today, Saturday. It said “Tropical Depression Erika Dissipated at 9:30 a.m. ET August 29.”
Earlier this morning, the National Hurricane Center-NOAA forecast track included the Tampa Bay area and Florida’s west coast in the cone of uncertainty. Overnight, it shifted more to the west. Tropical Storm Erika was forecast to strike the Florida panhandle around 2 a.m. Wednesday on this forecast track.
Hurricane season continues through November 30th and the season’s peak is approaching in September. Florida emergency officials urge everyone to have enough supplies to last 72 hours and to prepare.
“Too many variables still exist for us to be able to accurately predict where this storm might impact us or how strong it may be if it does,” said FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon on Thursday about Erika. “We are preparing the protective and responsive measures we will need if the storm continues to develop out of an abundance of caution.”
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