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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Erika has dissipated as a tropical cyclone and all Tropical storm watches and warnings are being discontinued.
The storm has dissipated due to wind shear.
The remnants are moving toward the west-northwest near 22 mph. This general motion should continue for the next 24 hours or so, with the remnants expected to move near the coast of eastern and central Cuba Saturday and Saturday night and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph with higher gusts.
However, the system could re-strengthen as it moves north through the eastern Gulf of Mexico early next week.
The biggest threat for South Florida will be heavy rain and possible flooding. However, if the remnants continue to move to the west then our rainfall totals will be considerably less.
The remnants of Erika are expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with maximum amounts of 10 inches possible across portions of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and eastern and central Cuba through Sunday. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.
In addition, rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are expected across the Turks and Caicos Islands as well as the southeastern and central Bahamas through Sunday. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches, with locally heavier amounts, are possible across southern and central Florida beginning on Sunday.
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