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Erika Dissipates as Tropical Storm: National Hurricane Center

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Waves breaking into the seafront in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on August 28, 2015. Tropical Storm Erika left at least 12 people dead in its wake when it swept over the island of Dominica on Friday then rolled on to pummel the Dominican Republic. (Getty Images)

Saturday, 29 Aug 2015 09:38 AM

Erika, a tropical storm that was losing strength as it hit Haiti with heavy rains and strong winds, has dissipated, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.

"Erika has dissipated as a tropical cyclone," the Miami-based hurricane center said on Twitter.

It said earlier on Saturday that Erika's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 40 mph (64 kph), just above the threshold for a tropical storm.

The remnants of Erika were now expected to move over Cuba, providing welcome relief from a drought, before heading out into the Gulf of Mexico and skirting South Florida.

The NHC said the weather system could still reform as a tropical storm before reaching the northern Florida Panhandle.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Friday, noting the storm could travel "up the spine of Florida" from Sunday into next week. He planned to give an update on Erika's potential impact on Florida later on Saturday.

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Erika, a tropical storm that was losing strength as it hit Haiti with heavy rains and strong winds, has dissipated, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Saturday.
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