Tropical storm Erika kills 20 in Carribean, state of emergency in Florida

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Courtesy: Roosevelt Skerrit

Courtesy: Roosevelt Skerrit

(CNN)– The physical damage to Dominica is worse than first thought and the emotional toll from Tropical Storm Erika, which killed at least 20 people on the tiny Caribbean island, is substantial, the nation’s Prime Minister said Friday night.

The storm has passed and was assaulting the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Friday night. It left behind swamped villages, eroded away roads and washed-away homes.

Some people were still missing, Skerrit said.

The Prime Minister, who was in Saint Lucia when the storm first hit, deflected criticism that the government didn’t issue proper warnings to its 70,000 citizens.

Trisha Scotland said the storm damage is the worst she’s seen in her lifetime.

Scotland walked 6 miles from her home in Jimmit to the capital, Roseau, to check on her mother’s business, photographing the devastation along the way.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as the storm heads toward his state.

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