(New York Daily News) They're breaking out the sandbags in Tampa.
With Tropical Storm Erika forecast to wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Friday and officials in the counties likely to bear the brunt of her fury went into action.
In Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located and which has already been saturated by mammoth rainfalls his summer, workers were handing out 25 sandbags per household.
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"If we get a lot of rain there, that's probably one of our biggest concerns," said Scott, who urged Tampa Bay residents to prepare for a deluge. "You need three days of water, three days of food."
Jeff Masters of Weather Underground said even if Erika weakens, already soggy Tampa and St. Petersburg could get socked with three and six inches of rain.