August 28, 2015 / 1:11 PM / 3 years ago

Florida Governor declares state of emergency ahead of storm Erika

MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Friday in preparation for the arrival of Tropical Storm Erika as it made a soggy path through the Caribbean toward the southeastern United States.

Tropical Storm Erika is seen in the Caribbean Ocean in this NOAA GOES-East satellite image taken August 28, 2015. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout

Scott, in announcing his decision, cited a five-day forecast by the U.S. National Hurricane Center that predicted the storm will travel “up the spine of Florida” from Sunday into next week.

Reporting by David Adams; Editing by Susan Heavey

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