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(Bloomberg) — Florida residents and tourists were told to check disaster kits and escape plans as the chances rise the state will get its first hurricane strike in 10 years.

Tropical Storm Erika, which has triggered storm watches and warnings throughout the Caribbean Leeward Islands, was 195 miles (315 kilometers) east of Antigua, moving west at 17 miles per hour with top winds of 45 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a 5 p.m. New York time advisory.

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