Tropical storm Fay hovers over northern Florida, dumping rain

August 22nd, 2008 - 11:28 am ICT by IANS  

Washington, Aug 22 (DPA) Tropical storm Fay has come ashore in Florida for the third time, where the slow moving storm was dumping heavy rain in northern parts of the state near the city of Jacksonville.The storm first came ashore in Florida Monday at its southern tip, Key West, and then crossed the southwest portion of the Florida peninsula before again moving offshore ahead of the latest landfall.

It earlier left as many as 50 people dead in flooding and landslides in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Fay was moving at just three km per hour at 1800 GMT Thursday, with its centre over Flagler Beach, and would slowly cross the northern part of the state possibly reaching the Gulf of Mexico Friday or Saturday, the National Hurricane Centre in Miami said.

Northern Florida, southern Georgia and southern Alabama could see up to 25 cm of rain, forecasters said.

Up to 8,000 homes had been flooded by the rains in St. Lucie, CNN reported. Isolated areas had received up to 76 cm of rain, the hurricane centre said.

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