Update: Fay, the Storm That Won't Go Away

August 21, 2008
(12:28 p.m.) -- Update: Tropical Storm Fay has stalled out off the coast of Florida, about 15 miles east-northeast of Daytona Beach. The storm continues to dump rain on Florida, and more flooding has already occurred today. Forecasters from the National Hurricane Center predict Fay will head slowly back across the northern Florida peninsula -- coming ashore near Daytona Beach or Jacksonville -- and near the Gulf Coast of the Florida panhandle on late Friday or Saturday. Southern Georgia and southeastern Alabama may also experience heavy rains. We'll keep you posted on the storm's effect on cruises out of Florida and the Gulf Coast.

(August 20, 3:04 p.m.) -- We thought Tropical Storm Fay would soon be done harassing Florida ... but we were wrong. Instead of heading across the Florida peninsula and out to sea, the tropical storm has stalled out over Cape Canaveral, where it is dumping torrential rains.

According to the National Hurricane Center, at 2 p.m. EDT Tropical Storm Fay was located about 15 miles north of Cape Canaveral, Florida, where it has been stationary for several hours. Port Canaveral remains closed, causing cruise lines to alter itineraries debarking or embarking at the port.

Forecasters are predicting the storm will begin a slow trek to the northwest later today. Maximum sustained winds are 50 miles per hour, mostly occurring over the water east of the storm's center, and no significant change in strength is forecast for the next day. Although there are tropical storm warnings in Florida and Georgia, Fay is not expected to become a hurricane anytime soon.

Rain and flooding are the biggest problems for Florida residents, with some areas expected to receive up to 30 inches of rain. Brevard County, which is southeast of Orlando and home to Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach, was struck by a tornado and homes have flooded.

We'll keep you posted about the storm's progress and any additional itinerary changes.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor

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