August 29, 2015

Erika No Longer a Tropical Storm

From the office of Monroe County Emergency Management:

Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center declared that Tropical Storm Erika degenerated into a low pressure trough and that all tropical storm watches and warnings in the Bahamas and Caribbean are being discontinued.

There were never Erika watches or warnings for the Florida Keys or the remainder of Florida. No protective action directives were issued by Monroe County Emergency Management.

Remnants of Erika are expected to produce showers and thunderstorms over the Keys beginning late Saturday night that will likely continue through Monday morning. The Key West National Weather Service Office is expecting 2 to 3 inches of rainfall for the Keys though Monday.

Keys officials cautioned residents and visitors to use extra care when driving on area roads.

The Key West weather office is likely to issue a small craft advisory beginning Saturday evening and lasting through Monday morning cautioning boaters to remain in port. Expect winds over open water at 25-30 mph with seas beyond the reef at 6 to 8 feet. Inshore and bayside waters should be rough. Winds and seas are expected to begin subsiding Monday morning.

In conjunction with the Key West weather office, Monroe County Emergency Management will continue to monitor the system in the unlikely event it regenerates and threatens the Keys as a tropical cyclone.

This is to be the final advisory on Erika from Monroe County Emergency Management.


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