Erika exiting Caribbean for Florida

ErikaTropical Storm Erika has claimed almost 20 lives in the Caribbean after almost 400 mm of rain fell over some islands including Dominica with fast-moving floodwaters sweeping cars and homes away.

High winds and heavy rains have also pounded Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic today.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Erika will likely impact Florida by Monday which has prompted the state governor to declare a state of emergency.

Forecasters say Erika will likely be downgraded by the time it reaches the U.S. mainland.

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