August 29, 2015
Erika fizzles, Florida braces for heavy rain
By IRENE NOLAN
National Hurricane Center issued its last advisory on Tropical Storm
Erika at 9:30 this morning, but left the door open to the possibility
that the storm might regenerate over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.
Erika, a struggling storm for days now, was battered by wind shear, dry
air, and finally the mountains of Hispaniola overnight. At 9:30
this morning, the center of the storm was located just off the
northeastern coast of Cuba, moving west-northwest at 22 mph with winds
of 35 mph.
Before it finally succumbed to unfavorable conditions, Erika dropped
torrential rains on the Caribbean islands, especially Dominica, where
at least 20 deaths have been reported.
This morning, the Hurricane Center dropped all tropical storm watches
and warnings, but warned of continued heavy rains and gusty winds over
Cuba and the Bahamas today and heavy rains spreading over the Florida
peninsula by tomorrow.
Forecasters said the remnants of Erika will continue to move
west-northwest and reach the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday,
when the stormy weather will turn more to the north.
"Upper-level winds are currently not favorable for re-development of
the system into a tropical cyclone," the Hurricane Center said this
afternoon. "However, conditions may become more conducive Sunday or
Monday while it moves northwestward to northward over the eastern Gulf
The Hurricane Center is giving Erika's remnants a 30 percent chance of
redevelopment over the next two days and a 40 percent chance over five
Meanwhile, forecasters are watching a tropical wave coming off the west
coast of Africa with plenty of spin and heavy thunderstorms. The
Hurricane Center gives this area a 70 percent chance of developing into
a tropical depression over the next two days and a 90 percent chance
over five days.
If it does develop, this area of stormy weather is expected to move
northwest toward the Cape Verde Islands and then into the open Atlantic
Erika becomes fifth tropical storm of the season
Erika still a tropical storm, heading quickly west
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