Florida prepares as Tropical Storm Erika nears
St. PETERSBURG - Fla. - All of Florida is watching Tropical Storm Erika as the disorganized system makes its way over Hispaniola.
Dennis Feltgen of the National Hurricane Center in Miami said as of 11 a.m. Friday, the forecast shows the storm hitting the state Monday. The forecast path has Erika skirting the state's Gulf Coast and then moving up Florida's spine north of Tampa.
Feltgen says the entire state of Florida, along with parts of Georgia and South Carolina, could see heavy rain in the coming days.
There's still uncertainty in the track because Hispaniola's mountains could disrupt or break up the storm. Feltgen says it is too early to tell whether the storm will bring flooding to areas of the Tampa Bay region that experienced problems in recent weeks because of heavy rain.