Florida Braces for Tropical Storm Erika

PHOTO:A boat sits in shallow water as Tropical Storm Erika passes through, Aug. 27, 2015, in New Town, Dominica. PlayCarlisle Jno Baptiste/AP Photo
WATCH Florida in a State of Emergency

Tropical Storm Erika is veering towards the United States -- its sights set on Florida -- after leaving a path of death and destruction in the Caribbean.

The storm soaked Puerto Rico hard and at least four people were killed in the island of Dominica after flash flooding was caused by 15 inches of rain on Thursday morning.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency is reporting that local government officials believe that there are 31 additional people missing who are feared dead.

PHOTO:The Beran protestant church is partially collapsed, Aug. 27, 2015, due to Tropical Storm Erika in Roseau, Dominica. Carlisle Jno Baptiste/AP Photo
PHOTO:The Beran protestant church is partially collapsed, Aug. 27, 2015, due to Tropical Storm Erika in Roseau, Dominica.

The storm now has winds of 50 mph and currently 65 miles from Santo Domingo with the Dominican Republic and Haiti bracing for heavy winds.

Part of the problem in predicting this storm comes from the fact that its center circulation isn't easily detected by satellites.

The center of Tropical Storm Erika passes south of the island of Puerto Rico and Vieques, Aug. 28, 2015. GDA/AP Images
The center of Tropical Storm Erika passes south of the island of Puerto Rico and Vieques, Aug. 28, 2015.

At the moment, the storm is approaching the Dominican Republic, but the areas in its path after that are taking preparations already.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency, which means that the National Guard has been activated and state officials are able to waive tolls and activate emergency evacuation traffic policies.

PHOTO: People look at sink holes in the road next to the capitals main market, Aug. 27, 2015, caused by Tropical Storm Erika in Roseau, Dominica. Carlisle Jno Baptiste/AP Photo
People look at sink holes in the road next to the capital's main market, Aug. 27, 2015, caused by Tropical Storm Erika in Roseau, Dominica.

The Sunshine State hasn't been hit by a hurricane in a decade, according to the Associated Press, and while Erika is expected to stay a tropical storm when and if it makes landfall, it could still do damage.

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