Update: Tropical Storm Fay Heads Toward Florida
August 17, 2008
(12:24 p.m.) -- Tropical Storm Fay is on a path toward Florida, and is expected to be near hurricane strength tonight. As of 11 a.m. EDT Sunday, the storm was located 75 miles southwest of Camaguey, Cuba, and 350 miles southeast of the Florida Keys.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Storm Fay is moving toward the west-northwest, with a turn to the northwest expected tonight and a turn toward the north predicted for Monday. The storm's current path will take it across Cuba today and tonight and approach the Florida Keys on Monday. Local forecasters are predicting the storm will be a category 1 or 2 hurricane by the time it reaches Florida. Currently, maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour, creating tides of one to three feet above normal. Rainfall accumulation of up to 12 inches is predicted for Cuba, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Florida Keys and Florida.
Florida has declared a state of emergency and visitors are being evacuated from the Florida Keys, in anticipation of the oncoming storm. We'll keep you posted on any changes to cruise itineraries.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor
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