Tropical Storm Fay continued to drop more rain on the Sunshine State for the fifth day in a row on Friday, Aug. 22. Although the storm officially made landfall on Tuesday, its outer bands began drenching the state on Monday.
As of Friday midday, six deaths in the state had been blamed on Fay – two drownings, three traffic accidents and one carbon monoxide poisoning. The Associated Press reported that a 44-year-old was killed when his truck rolled while going around a curve on a rain-soaked road Thursday and one person died while testing generators just before the storm hit.
As much as 30 inches of rain has fallen on some east-central coastal areas of the state, and President Bush issued an Emergency Declaration on Thursday.
The storm is moving slowly westward and was expected to move up through the Panhandle Friday night, and into Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama over the weekend. It was not expected to gain any strength, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Florida could see an additional 4 to 8 inches of rain by the time the storm has passed.