Update: Tropical Storm Fay Heads Toward Florida

August 17, 2008
Update, 7:57 p.m. -- Update: Tropical Storm Fay is currently located 200 miles southeast of Havana, Cuba, and 265 miles south-southeast of Key West. The storm has been moving slowly and erratically toward the west-northwest. The predicted path will take Tropical Storm Fay over western Cuba tonight or Monday morning and near the Florida Keys late Monday. Heavy rain and isolated tornadoes may affect the Florida Keys and South Florida tonight and Monday. The storm could still reach hurricane strength sometime within the next 24 to 36 hours.

(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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