Tropical storm Fay gradually building up into a hurricane after wreaking destruction in Florida

August 20th, 2008 - 8:48 pm ICT by David M N James  

Satellite image of Hurricane FayTropical storm Fay battered Florida in a lesser magnitude than expected. But shocking discoveries by the National Hurricane Center indicate that the storm is gaining strength rapidly and turning into a minor hurricane. Fay crossed into the coast of Florida and fiercely began to develop into a hurricane. As had been predicted by weather experts, Fay would gain some strength as it went over Florida but not to the extent that it has so far.

Storm Fay is renewing its energy reserves as it moves over the Atlantic Ocean. Its path indicates that it will add more strength as it curves towards the Florida-Georgia border.

Go away Fay!Latest updates show renewed warnings and evacuation orders being rapidly issued. Rains and storms have battered the state of Florida. Tropical storm Fay brought drenching rain and winds of 65mph (100km/h) across the state. Dozens of tornadoes have been reported. One of the tornadoes, ripped through Brevard County damaging more than 50 homes. Fay hit Florida’s east coast at 0200 local time (0600 GMT) on Wednesday, about 15 miles (24km) south-southeast of Melbourne. Storm Fay winds are moving at 50mph (80km/h). The National Hurricane Center has projected that storm FAY path will take it through Alabama over this weekend.

According to residents in Florida, Tropical Storm Fay hit the shores of southwestern Florida and dangerously remained destructive and threatening much of yesterday. It hit Florida Keys moving east across the state. It has destroyed homes and business in Florida. It is slowly gaining strength and experts project it will be a hurricane.

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