FLORIDA -- On the anniversary of one of our nations most deadly and devastating hurricanes, Tropical Storm Erika is wreaking havoc in the Caribbean; a sobering reminder that mother nature is both unpredictable and unsympathetic.
At least 20-people were killed when the storm pounded Dominica.
Erika doused the Caribbean island with almost a foot of rain in less than ten hours. Widespread flooding caused extensive damage across the country, and it`s believed more than 20-people are missing.
Yet, the storm churns onward and her path is set on Florida. Folks there aren`t taking chances.
"I live in The Moors, and with just a little bit of rain, everything gets flooded. So, I just want to make sure I don't go underwater," resident Elijah Ravelo said.
The Sunshine State is under a state of emergency.
"Don't wait until the last minute because storms can change at any time from previous experience living in South Florida," one man said as he waited to gas up his car.
The last hurricane to hit the peninsula was Wilma back in October 2005. The storm killed 22-people and caused $21 billion in damage.
"We've had so many people that have moved to Florida since we've had a hurricane; hopefully this will not become a hurricane," FL Gov. Rick Scott said.
"We always prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and hopefully that's what will happen here. But, right now, we've gotta continue to be prepared."
Preparation is key as Erika creeps closer to the Florida coast.
Here`s hoping she remains a tropical storm and showers the state with mercy.