TRACKING THE TROPICS: As Erika weakens, some in Tampa Bay area are still worried

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Tropical Storm Erika has dissipated but folks in the Tampa Bay area are watching it carefully.

PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Erika
PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Erika

Saturday’s 9 a.m. forecast of Erika showed it dissolving and bypassing drought-stricken South Florida entirely. But as some forecasting models show that the storm could dissipate, emergency managers in the Tampa Bay area are still worried about heavy rain from the storm’s remnants.

Even a moderate rainstorm isn’t welcome here. The ground, rivers and lakes are already waterlogged from recent storms.

So far, no evacuations have been ordered, but officials are clearing storm drains of debris, doing maintenance on stormwater pumps and urging residents to gather extra food, water and medicines, just in case flooding happens.

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