For Immediate Release
August 20, 2008
Tropical Storm Fay Continues To Soak Florida
~Fay is currently hugging the Space Coast, expected to move westward on Thursday~
TALLAHASSEE – Tropical Storm Fay continues to soak many areas of Florida Wednesday morning with flooding rains. As of 5 a.m., Fay was located approximately 15 miles south of Cape Canaveral, Fla. Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 miles-per-hour. Fay continues to move toward the North at approximately five miles-per-hour.
Hurricane watches are posted from Flagler Beach northward into Georgia. Fay is forecast to turn back to the west and move inland in northeast Florida coast Thursday.
“Residents along the First Coast, North Florida and Big Bend regions should pay close attention to the future movement of Tropical Storm Fay and be prepared to act, “said Florida Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate. “Fay may be with us well into the weekend as it heads back across the state.”
The threat for heavy rain and flooding conditions will continue for east central and northeast Florida today. Rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are possible in the warning areas. Flood warnings and watches are currently in effect for most counties from central Florida north along the Atlantic Coast.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) continues to operate at a Level 1, or full activation mode. Residents throughout Florida should continue to monitor official forecasts and special statements from the National Weather Service.
State and Federal officials will begin joint damage assessments in South Florida today in Martin and Monroe Counties. State officials will also be in all of the counties affected by Tropical Storm Fay to determine the extent of damages and the need for further assistance.
State officials urge residents to stay safe by staying indoors. Most storm-related deaths happen after a storm has passed when road conditions, standing water and downed power lines pose a threat.
Severe storms can cause widespread power outages. Residents should use caution when using portable generators. Carbon Monoxide can be very dangerous and deadly. Portable generators should always be used outdoors.
For additional information on Tropical Storm Fay and the State Emergency Response Team, please visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management online at: www.FloridaDisaster.org