Tropical Storm Erika Kills 4 in Dominica; Gov. Scott Tells Floridians to Prepare for Storm

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Tallahassee, FL, United States (4E) – Gov . Rick Scott on Thursday advised residents of Florida to get supplies and have evacuation plans ready ahead of Tropical Storm Erika’s arrival next week.

Scott made the call outside the state’s Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee as Erika killed at least four people in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica. The storm caused extensive flooding and deadly landslides and cut power and water to many residents on the island. About 15 inches of rain fell on the tiny island triggering the flooding and mudslides, officials said.

Scott warned that Erika could still caused flooding even if it does not directly hit Florida.

Erika is located about 160 miles west of Guadeloupe with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and moving west at 16 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center ( NHC ). It is forecast to move near Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands on Thursday night and near or over the Dominican Republic on Friday. The storm is forecast to arrive east of Cape Canaveral early on Tuesday as a Category 1 hurricane with top winds of 85 mph.

An NHC advisory shows the storm system skirting southeast Florida early next week.

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