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Notes: Marlins, families brace for storm

Tropical Storm Ernesto is heading for South Florida


MIAMI -- A year after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, the Marlins, their families and the state of Florida again are bracing for possibly another devastating storm.


Tropical Storm Ernesto is twirling its way toward South Florida, and according to the National Hurricane Center, it could strengthen into a Category 1 storm by the time it makes landfall in the next day or two.


"It's a double concern," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said.


First, Girardi is concerned if Ernesto develops into a powerful storm. Secondly, his wife, Kim, is expecting her third child any day now.


Initially, Kim was hoping to have labor induced when the Marlins return from their six-game road trip, which begins Tuesday in St. Louis and concludes Sept. 3 in Milwaukee.


Now, Kim will not make the road trip. She will stay behind, and ride out whatever Ernesto develops into.


If Kim goes into labor any time during the trip, Girardi will return to South Florida. If he has to miss any games, bench coach Gary Tuck will fill in as the manager.


As for Ernesto, it's another potentially powerful storm that is threatening Florida.


A year ago, Katrina became the costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in United States history.


Before creating devastation in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, Katrina crossed South Florida as a Category 1 storm. It caused damage and power outages before entering the Gulf of Mexico, where it strengthened to a major storm.


Rookie reliever Taylor Tankersley, a native of Vicsburg, Miss., knows many people affected by Katrina.


His parents had lived Hammond, La., for four years. But in 2005, they moved to Atlanta.


The home they had lived in was flooded by Katrina.


"It was flooded to the roof line," Tankersley said.


With Ernesto approaching South Florida on Monday, the region was on high alert. People lined up for more than an hour to get gasoline. And stores were being cleaned out of ice and bottled water.



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