VIDEO: State of emergency declared in Florida as tropical storm Erika nears

VIDEO: State of emergency declared in Florida as tropical storm Erika nears

A state of emergency has been declared in Florida as tropical storm Erika nears the US state.

The storm could hit the peninsula on Monday. Governor Rick Scott made his declaration shortly after forecasters adjusted the trajectory of the storm to show that it is predicted to go through the middle of the state.

Mr Scott’s emergency order says Erika “poses a severe threat to the entire state”.

The order calls for the activation of the National Guard and gives authorities the ability to waive tolls and rules to allow emergency crews and vehicles to move throughout the state.

A hurricane has not hit Florida in 10 years. The latest forecasts show that Erika will remain a tropical storm when it makes landfall.

On Friday, Erika lashed Puerto Rico with wind and rain and had killed at least four people.

The storm was about 90 miles east-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republican, and was moving west at 17 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.


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