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Erika dissipates near Cuba

Erika dissipates on Saturday morning to an area of low pressure. Erika dissipates on Saturday morning to an area of low pressure.
Even though Erika has dissipated, heavy rains are still expected in Florida. Even though Erika has dissipated, heavy rains are still expected in Florida.

On Saturday morning, the National Hurricane Center stated that Erika dissipated as a tropical cyclone.

"Erika has degenerated into a trough of low pressure, with the remnants of the center located near the north coast of eastern Cuba," stated the special update from the NHC.

On Saturday morning, poorly-organized Erika was moving to the west-northwest near the eastern end of Cuba.

"On satellite, the system is not looking very organized at all," commented WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "The barometric pressure on Erika has continued to climb, which is a sure sign of weakening."

Dry air, wind shear, and interaction with the terrain of the Caribbean islands has won the battle with Erika.

Erika's remnants are forecast to continue to the northwest, into the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Even though Erika is no longer a tropical cyclone, three to five inches of rainfall and gusty winds to 35 miles per hour are expected to impact portions of the Florida peninsula beginning Sunday.

"I know a lot of folks are naysayers. They say, 'the track has shifted west,' or 'it's going to strengthen in the Gulf,'" said Williams. "While a reintensification is not impossible, even if the remnants of Erika move into the northern Gulf, there is very strong wind shear across the northern Gulf that would rip Erika's remnants apart in short order. There are no impacts from Erika or its remnants expected along the Mississippi Gulf Coast."

The NHC stated that this Saturday morning special update would be the final update that they will issue on Erika. All tropical warnings and watches have been canceled.

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