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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.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Governments ordered schools, airports and even casinos to close and they prepared shelters as Tropical Storm Erika approached the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday.
MIAMI — National Hurricane Center forecasters reported Tuesday that Tropical Storm Erika continued to show little change in strength — and that any strengthening in the near future should be slow. Still they anticipated the storm would strengthen into a hurricane by Saturday, likely somewhere north of Haiti. …
ROSEAU, Dominica — Tropical Storm Danny brought rain and strong winds Monday to the islands of the eastern edge of the Caribbean and then quickly dissipated as it headed east.
Once powerful Hurricane Danny continued to weaken, dropping to tropical storm strength late Saturday — but remaining on a track that could steer it toward South Florida by late next week.
MIAMI — Hurricane Danny has grown to a Category 3 storm, according to a National Hurricane Center plane sent to investigate the compact storm Friday afternoon.
MIAMI — With Hurricane Danny growing to a Category 3 storm Friday and headed toward Caribbean islands gripped by drought, emergency officials starting preparing for the possibility of flash floods and mudslides.
National Hurricane Center forecasters said Tropical Storm Danny's inner core was more organized Wednesday than it was Tuesday, and there didn't seem to be anything obvious that would keep it from intensifying over the next few days.
The fourth tropical depression of the 2015 hurricane season became Tropical Storm Danny on Tuesday and likely will strengthen to the first hurricane of the Atlantic season by Thursday, forecasters said.
TAMPA — Potential thunderstorms rumbling through the Tampa Bay area this week could yield even more flooding, forecasters say.
The present El Niño event, on the cusp of attaining "strong" intensity, has a chance to become the most powerful on record.