Governor Rick Scott is warning Floridians not to be complacent about Tropical Storm Erika.
The National Hurricane Center says Erika will likely become a Category 1 hurricane in coming days.
As for its path, the NHC’s so-called “cone of uncertainty” map has the eye of the storm staying off Florida’s Atlantic coast and eventually turning north toward Georgia.
But the map also has all of Florida except for the Panhandle within the the cone of possibility.
A slight move in the storm now can change its later trajectory by hundreds of miles.
Scott has opened the state’s emergency operations center and put the emergency response team on Level 2 readiness.
The governor urges Floridians to have supplies and evacuation plans ready, just in case.
5pm #erika Advisory. 45mph winds, moving a little north of west and new track a tish closer to us. pic.twitter.com/G5sm6jRyN1
— Steve Weagle (@SteveWeagleWPTV) August 27, 2015
My thoughts on Erika. Not buying any of the crazy track and refuse to even show them. http://t.co/ijg2zRxeHY pic.twitter.com/UW43uPA4Ij
— Bernie Rayno (@AccuRayno) August 27, 2015
.@tomsorrells has the latest track for #Erika now on #Local6 at 5. WATCH LIVE: http://t.co/YIPrA8io3q pic.twitter.com/59mVaSxzqT
— WKMG Local 6 News (@local6news) August 27, 2015
BREAKING: #Erika‘s forecast track moves west; uncertainty ahead. http://t.co/PVvqEggnlA pic.twitter.com/KjVaPv7nkF
— The Palm Beach Post (@pbpost) August 27, 2015
TS ERIKA latest. Continuing to track very close to our Atlantic seaboard. Closely monitoring FL impact Sun/Mon! pic.twitter.com/y2Ed3dquzv
— tom terry (@TTerryWFTV) August 27, 2015