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Tropical Storm Erika's Potential Impact Has State Officials Taking Extra Precautions

MGN Online

The potential impact of Tropical Storm Erika has state emergency officials taking precautions.

The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee is now under what’s called “Level Two” preparations—which is the partial activation of the State Emergency Response Team.

The team is continuing to monitor Erika, and is urging residents to do so as well.

Florida Department of Emergency Management Director Bryan Koon—who’s been updating Governor Rick Scott—says because he can’t know the full impact of the storm, he’s encouraging residents to have a fully stocked disaster supply kit and to make plans in case Erika does impact the state.

Erika is the fifth named storm of this Atlantic Hurricane Season, which ends in late November.

For more news updates, follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter: @SaschaCordner.

Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.