Erika 11 a.m. Friday

With county and city officials urging residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Erika, we’ll be tracking news of the storm, focusing on how Lakeland prepares for and copes with it. Please send any news tips or feedback to View the live blog after the jump:

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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