BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Tropical Storm Erika dissipated over Cuba Saturday morning. The storm had been barely holding on to tropical storm strength as it made an erratic path across Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti over the last few days. Hurricane Hunter aircraft investigated the storm around 7 AM CDT and could no longer find a center of circulation. Therefore as of 9 AM CDT Saturday, the National Hurricane Center issued their final advisory on what is now the remnants of Erika.
The remnant moisture associated with Erika will continue to move to the WNW towards Florida. Widespread heavy rain is expected to move into South Florida later today into Sunday. The rain will continue to spread north through the weekend and into the first part of the work week. Flash flooding will be a problem in some areas of Florida, but storm surge and tropical winds no longer are a threat.
Here in South Louisiana we should see very few impacts from the remnants of Erika. Some of the moisture may get wrapped up in an upper level low that is expected to set up near our area by the end the upcoming work week. This could result in high rain chances Thursday, Friday, and next Saturday. Isolated pockets of heavy rain will be possible, but we are not concerned with a local flooding threat.
Now we focus our attention on Invest 99-L that has just moved off the coast of Africa. This well-organized tropical wave is likely to become our next tropical depression and possibly our next named storm. If this system becomes our next named storm it would be Fred.