Lake Mary, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Tropical Storm Erika has been downgraded to remnants by the National Hurricane Center, but rain will persist over Florida from it.
Fox 35 Weather Authority Brooks Tomlin says, "As anticipated, the NHC has downgraded Erika - a storm that struggled with wind sheer, dry air, bad structure, and ran into the mountainous island of Hispaniola."
The system already blew across the island nation of Dominica, killing 20 and leaving more than 30 missing. The terrain on Hispaniola and Cuba should continue weakening the dissipating system. Jamaica may soon see some rain from Erika, as well.
The Fox 35 Weather Authority is closely monitoring the potential of flooding for the weekend.
A flood watch has been issued for much of Central Florida until Monday evening.
Several counties are offering sandbags to residents in case of rising waters. Some areas may see more rainfall over the next few days and rain has already started to come across the area.
Heavy downpours could be expected over the next 24 hours.
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