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Florida braces for Erika's high winds, heavy rains

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Posted at 9:45 AM, Aug 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-28 14:03:18-04

Florida declared a state of emergency Friday morning, nearly three full days before Tropical Storm Erika is expected to make landfall.

The latest forecast models have Erika remaining a tropical storm and making landfall during the early morning hours on Monday.

As the storm makes its way through the Caribbean, it's expected to run into a lot of wind shear, which is a notorious hurricane killer.

It appears Florida is preparing for the worst, though.

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A hurricane hasn't made landfall in the state since Hurricane Wilma did in 2005. They haven't seen a tropical storm since Tropical Storm Andrea crossed the state in June 2013.