(11:31 a.m.) -- Tropical Storm Fay made landfall at 5 a.m. EDT in southwest Florida at Cape Romano, about 55 miles south of Ft. Myers. The storm never reached hurricane strength, and is not causing any major damage. All hurricane watches and warnings have been discontinued, leaving only tropical storm watches and warnings for parts of Florida's east coast.
According to the National Hurricane Center, at 11 a.m. EDT Tropical Storm Fay was located 30 miles east of Ft. Myers and 20 miles southwest of Moore Haven. The storm is moving in a north-northeast direction across the state, and is expected to lose speed and strength as it moves across land. It should be back over water near the east coast of North Florida on Wednesday.
Tropical Storm Fay could regain strength once it's over water again, and the three-day prediction has the storm turning sharply to the east to move back over land close to the Florida-Georgia border.
Today, Florida is experiencing severe winds and heavy rains, but not hurricane-force damage. The biggest concern is the possibility of storm-related flooding and tornadoes. Power outages have been reported in some areas.
Based on Fay's current track, this will be our last update on this system. If anything changes, we'll let you know.
--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor
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Tropical Storm Fay Weakens Over Florida
August 19, 2008