Tropical storm warnings dropped as Erika dissipates

Tropical storm warnings dropped as Erika dissipates

SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - The National Hurricane Center announced Erika has dissipated as a tropical cyclone, and tropical storm watches and warnings will be discontinued.

Erika has degenerated to a trough of low pressure, the NHC reports.

Meteorologist Bill Walsh says Erika is a weak storm. The Lowcountry is likely to see mostly rain for next week, which could result in flooding.

On Friday evening, Tropical Storm Erika advanced towards the Dominican Republic with heavy rains and gusty winds. Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicated that maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph with higher gusts.Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 150 miles to the east of the center.  Punta Cana at the eastern end of the Dominican Republic reported wind gusts of 40 mph.

The minimum central pressure based on Hurricane Hunter aircraft data is 1008 mb (29.77 inches).

The storm took a deadly turn, killing at least twenty, according to Dominican Republic police authorities. More than 30 people have been reported missing.

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