The Sunshine State To Get Drenched By Storm
At least Floridians are not having to reason with a hurricane this early in the season.
But they will have to deal with rain and a wet weekend as Tropical Storm Erika is due to soak the entire state, bottom to top, when it arrives in the Sunshine State.
While Erika is not expected to hit Florida until Sunday, the entire state is going to be wet for an entire week, with possible thunderstorms starting Sunday in the south and reaching the middle and northern parts of the state by the middle of next week.
According to AccuWeather.com Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, Erika is a very disjointed tropical system at this time and is likely to weaken to a tropical depression as it crosses Hispaniola and part of Cuba Friday night into Saturday.
“If the center of Erika survives the mountainous terrain of Hispaniola and part of the land mass of Cuba, it should slowly reorganize back into a tropical storm this weekend as it drifts over open waters once again,” Kottlowski said.
“If Erica does not survive the interaction with Hispaniola and Cuba, it may never reorganize into a coherent tropical storm again and impact on Florida would be reduced.”
Impact from the central Bahamas to South Florida and the Keys will most likely be less than that of a hurricane and could be similar to a minimal tropical storm.
According to AccuWeather.com,should the system drift into the eastern Gulf of Mexico and avoid much of the Florida Peninsula it could strike the upper west coast of Florida at midweek, perhaps as a hurricane.
The last hurricane to hit Florida was Wilma in October 2005.
If the system survives as far north as Florida waters, there will be concerns farther north into the Southern states from the Carolinas to perhaps as far west as Louisiana.
There is also the chance the system stalls along the southern U.S. coast after negotiating Florida waters during the middle of the week. Conditions in this area will be favorable for intensification.