Tropical Storm Fay expected to bring up to 30 inches of rain

| 8/21/2008

The National Weather Service is forecasting that Tropical Storm Fay will continue to bring high winds and flooding Friday, Aug. 22, to the northern part of the Florida Peninsula as it is forecast to track west across to the Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service announced that some isolated areas could receive 30 inches of total rainfall before the storm relents. Average rainfalls are forecast at 6-12 inches in some areas and 3-6 inches in others. Tornadoes are still possible in some areas, forecasters said.

National Hurricane Center officials announced that Fay was tracking to make landfall for a third time, an occurrence not seen since Hurricane Donna in 1960.

Fay was at sea Thursday morning on the Atlantic Coast. Officials said the storm could strengthen before it returns to land late Thursday on its way to the Gulf of Mexico and the Panhandle. Forecasters clocked sustained winds at 60-65 mph.

According to the National Hurricane Center at midday Thursday, a tropical storm warning remained in effect from Fort Pierce, FL, north to the Savannah River at the border between Georgia and South Carolina.

Gov. Charlie Crist has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for disaster classification in an effort to secure federal aid.

Florida Department of Transportation officials are still advising against travel in affected regions.

Travel has resumed in much of Southern Florida while a few central counties were still cleaning up and waiting for flood waters to subside.

Trucks delivering aid to areas affected by the storm are permitted to waive size, weight and hours restrictions, Gov. Crist stated in an executive order earlier in the week.

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If you see price gouging at Florida fuel stops, call the attorney general at 850-414-3300.

– By David Tanner, staff writer