Tropical Storm Erika expected to strengthen

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Erika continued to strengthen as it dumped torrential rainfall on islands in the Eastern Caribbean and appeared to be headed for the US East Coast early next week, the US National Hurricane Center said on Thursday. Google is also working with FEMA and ready.gov to provide instructions for preparing and staying safe, customized for the estimated intensity of the storm and its arrival time relative to your location.

The storm is expected to turn to the west-northwest from there and head toward the Bahamas, where it could come into an unfavorable environment threatening to tear it apart. He urged everyone to “please stay inside.” While the forecasters can be reasonably certain of Erika’s path using computer models, give or take a couple of hundred miles, its intensity is harder to predict and it could fall apart as it passes over land and battles hostile winds. Erika, the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was about 125 miles west of Guadalupe with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour as of midday on Thursday. It was expected to reach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico by Thursday evening, before passing over the Dominican Republic on Friday and continuing in a northwesterly direction over the Bahamas.

Lowry recommends enough for three weeks, just in case. •Gasoline Don’t run to the gas station now, but Lowry says it’s a good idea to fill up your vehicle’s tank a few days before a storm might hit. Forecasters warn that quieter-than-average years in the past have been marked by some of the most destructive storms in history, such as Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which devastated south Florida. This year’s weaker hurricane season is partly attributed to the El Niño weather phenomenon, the warming of Pacific waters that affects wind patterns and makes hurricanes less likely in the Atlantic-Caribbean basin. Manny Soto, emergency manger for Orlando, said most people should already have a survival kit on hand, but now’s a good time to make sure everything is up to date. “A lot of people just don’t have it,” he said. “It’s human nature to procrastinate.

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