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Tropical Storm Fay Moves Across Florida


Tropical Storm Fay is pushing north through the state of Florida, threatening the region with flooding and possible tornadoes.

The storm did not reach hurricane strength before making landfall in southwestern Florida this Tuesday morning. Tropical storm warnings remain in effect for parts of Florida's east coast, but have been discontinued for the west coast of Florida and the Florida Keys.

U.S. forecasters warn that Fay may spawn tornadoes and dump more than 25 centimeters of rain over parts of southern and central Florida. They also warn that the northwestern Bahamas may get more than 12 centimeters of rain.

At last report (1500 universal time), the storm had maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers. Forecasters expect Fay to weaken as it pushes inland.

Fay crossed the Florida Keys Monday after slamming into Cuba, dumping as much as 20 centimeters of rain.

The storm also caused death and destruction across the Caribbean. Haitian officials say at least 50 passengers drowned Monday when the driver of a bus tried to cross the swollen Glace River.

Deaths also were reported in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.


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