Newest models show Erika going right up into Tampa Bay...if it stays intact

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We could wake up tomorrow to news that Tropical Storm Erika ate shit trying to blast past the mountains of Hispaniola, diminishing to a tropical depression, dismissing little bursts of rain as it dissipated into nothingness.

Or, the storm could survive that rugged terrain and strengthen as it heads up Tampa Bay's gullet.

It's anybody's guess at this point, though our money is on whatever The Weather Underground is telling us.

Regardless, Governor Rick Scott has seen fit to declare a state of emergency. (Which is amazing, eh, considering that could mean accepting federal money and maybe even an Obama hug. In our minds only.)

Whether or not that mass of insanity is an intact storm with a Christian name or a bunch of scattered squalls, officials are warning that a heavy rain event is nearly imminent.

You know the drill. It may not be a full-blown hurricane, but this thing is fucking dangerous. Stay safe, don't drive anywhere unless you really need to and if you're in a flood-prone area, grab some sandbags from your city or county.

You can find a rundown of where to get them here.

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