“We don’t know how much land, Erika is going to go over,” Scott said at a press conference. “We don’t know how much water we’re going to get.”
As of 5 p.m. today, Erika was over the Dominican Republic, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. “Heavy rains and gusty winds” were also affecting Haiti, the center said. Erika is expected to remain a tropical storm as it moves over Cuba and The Bahamas this weekend, reaching South Florida late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
In other storm-related developments, the U.S. Coast Guard warned ports in South Florida to prepare for the possibility of gale-force winds. In addition, Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reported that more than a dozen flights had already been canceled due to Tropical Storm Erika.