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Erika expected to weaken but could bring flooding to Central Florida

Erika expected to weaken but could bring flooding to Central Florida

Fears of a hurricane hitting the Florida coast subsided Friday as forecasters predicted Tropical Storm Erika would weaken to a depression — or maybe even a low-pressure trough — sometime Saturday. With all the uncertainty over the storm's precise path and strength, however, emergency-management officials across Central Florida were still preparing for possible flooding in many low-lying areas across the region — including near Astor, Geneva, south Lake County and Lake Monroe. "It's too early to say on the rainfall amount, but there is a good potential for heavy rains," said Peter Blottman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne....

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