Tropical storm Fay floods Florida forcing NASA TO shut down

August 21st, 2008 - 7:18 pm ICT by David M N James  

A bike rider is soaked by a car during a lull in Tropical Storm FayTropical storm Fay continued to wreak havoc in Florida. It massively flooded homes and business across the state leaving its debilitating effects well felt in the State. Fay flooded over 8,000 homes soaking them to tops. Flood water levels rose high in every square inch of the affected areas.

The levels rose to over six feet killing driveways and any type of movement in Florida. Tropical Storm Fay’s slow continues its wet march across the state forcing residents to cringe as they suffered immensely.

The whole situation is being regarded as catastrophic. Emergency rescue service crews launched airboats into submerged streets to evacuate and rescue some trapped residents from homes. Fay has also battered midway point on Florida’s Atlantic coast turning it into a swamp.

The worst hit of the institutions in Florida is NASA. NASA was forced to close its Florida spaceport so as to protect its space shuttle fleet and other vital hardware from severe weather.

A flooded car sit in a flooded lot during Tropical Storm FayFay is expected to hit NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral. The National Hurricane Center has forecasted heavy rains and strong wind to begin in the area today at about 2:00 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT) today. They expect the rains to reach over six inch threshold.

Tropical Storm Fay hit Florida’s southwestern coast is currently roaring towards the north-northeast direction at about 9 mph (15 kph). As of 8:00 a..m. EDT. Tropical storm Fay has slowly gained strength and it is feared it might near hurricane levels. Its winds speeds are 60 mph (95 kph) just 20mph less than 80mph for a hurricane.

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