Hurricane Watch Blog
Posted by KATE IRBY AND MEGHIN DELANEY on August 28, 2015
MANATEE -- The Manatee County Emergency Operations Center has not activated yet, but officials are preparing in case Tropical Storm Erika requires evacuation efforts.
Don Hermey, emergency management chief, said he's waiting to get a better picture for how the storm will affect Florida before making a decision. He said he'll have a better idea sometime Saturday, after the storm clears the Dominican Republic.
"We're kind of in limbo right now," Hermey said. "I'm organizing things as though we're about to activate, but we're not there yet."
Posted by Kate Irby on August 28, 2015
Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida as Tropical Storm Erika approaches.
Posted by Bay News 9 on August 27, 2015
Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday that state officials are preparing for the potential effects of Tropical Storm Erika, which could affect Florida this weekend.
Posted on August 27, 2015
Gov. Rick Scott cut short his Colorado vacation and flew home late Wednesday night as Tropical Storm Erika slowly gained strength in the Caribbean.
Posted by EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ and CARLISLE JNO BAPTISTE on August 28, 2015
Heavy rain and strong winds from Tropical Storm Erika began to bear down Friday on the Dominican Republic as authorities on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica warned that the death toll would rise from mudslides and flooding unleashed by the system.
Posted by TAMARA LUSH on August 28, 2015
All of Florida is carefully watching Tropical Storm Erika as the disorganized system makes its way over Hispaniola.
Posted by JENNY STALETOVICH on August 27, 2015
Tropical Storm Erika still on track to become hurricane Monday.