Posted by: Salty | August 18, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay Makes Landfall in Key West

At around 3 p.m. EST Monday afternoon, the center of Tropical Storm Fay reached Key West, Florida. “Fay” is still considered a tropical storm, but forecasters believed it could become a hurricane within 24 hours, shortly before it is expected to make landfall on the southwestern coast of Florida.

Parts of southwestern Florida such as the area between Flamingo and Anna Maria Island are already under a hurricane warning.

Visitors and residents of Monroe County, Florida, have halted all evacuation efforts and are advising those in the area of the Florida Keys to avoid the Overseas Highway (US Hwy 1) due to flooding.

Shortly before making landfall in Key West, the storm was pushing north-northwest at just under 15 mph. The storm is expected to turn farther north later on Monday afternoon.

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