A wet and slow-moving Tropical Storm Henri is pushing heavy rain onto Florida's Gulf Coast Friday. The rain is threatening to fill rivers and streams already full after one of the wettest summers in recent years.
At 11 a.m., Henri had maximum sustained winds near 45 mph, slightly above the 39 mph threshold to be a named storm. But for Florida, the storm was likely to be more of a problem as a rainmaker, with forecasters calling for up to a foot of rain in some areas.
Henri was centered about 80 miles southwest of Cedar Key and was moving toward the northeast at eight mph. It is expected to turn more northerly later in the day, forecasters said.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Florida's west coast from Englewood south of Sarasota north to the Aucilla River in the Panhandle, about 20 miles southeast of Tallahassee.
Tropical storm warnings mean that tropical storm conditions, including wind speeds of at least 39 mph are expected within 24 hours.
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