Fay Continues to Pound Florida

August 22, 2008

(2:20 p.m.) -- Tropical Storm Fay's unusual path and slow speed is pounding Florida, which can't seem to get a break from high winds, heavy rains and flooding.

As of 2 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center placed Tropical Storm Fay about 40 miles northeast of Cedar Key, Florida, with maximum sustained wind speeds of 45 miles per hour. The storm is slowly crossing northern Florida and will reach the Florida Panhandle on Saturday. Its predicted path has it proceeding across coastal Alabama and up into Mississippi.

Port Canaveral, which was closed for several days due to the storm, is accepting ship traffic today, including Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas. The storm should not impact further cruise itineraries unless its path takes it over Mobile.

In Florida, six people have died, mostly from traffic accidents and drowning in the high surf. Homes and roads have flooded, and thousands of residences and businesses are without power.

We'll keep you posted on the storm's progress.

--by Erica Silverstein, Associate Editor