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TAMPA — The good news: Hurricane Fred is far from Florida and poses little concern.
MIAMI — Hurricane Fred was spreading strong winds and heavy rain across the Cape Verde Islands in the distant Atlantic late Monday morning.
Tropical Storm Fred continues to strengthen, National Hurricane Center forecasters said Sunday night, and was expected to become a hurricane overnight.
Tropical Storm Erika broke up in the Caribbean on Saturday, leaving behind a wave of moisture expected to bring heavy rainfall to the Tampa Bay area in the next few days.
Meteorologists may have remained divided Friday evening on the fate of Tropical Storm Erika, but bay area leaders prepared for the worst following a month of historic flooding.
Whether Tropical Storm Erika strengthens into a hurricane or dissipates into a tropical depression, it could still bring heavy rainfall to the area next week.
With expectations of heavy rain and flooding if Tropical Storm Erika continues to threaten Florida, local governments are making sandbags available to residents. Here are lists of locations:
Tropical Storm Erika may not be a devastating event, but it's never too early to think about what hurricane supplies you should have on hand.
Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday as it skirted along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included at least 20 people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.
NEW ORLEANS — It is a wonder that any of it is here at all: The scattered faithful gathering into Beulah Land Baptist Church in the Lower 9th Ward. The men on stoops in Mid-City swapping gossip in the August dusk. The brass band in Tremé, the lawyers in Lakeview, the new homeowners in Pontchartrain Park.
Emergency officials in Florida readied Thursday for the potential effects of Tropical Storm Erika, which lashed the small island of Dominica with flooding and landslides, still hundreds of miles away in the Atlantic Ocean.
This year we've been introduced to Ana, Bill, Claudette and Danny. None of them hung around for long. Now Erika looks like she might saunter right into our living rooms.
To be clear, nobody invited her.
With each passing day, forecasters are growing more certain that Tropical Storm Erika will approach the Florida peninsula.
Pause. Don't panic.