TS Fay Makes Landfall in Southwest Florida

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Fay made landfall on Florida's southwest coast early Tuesday, bringing soaking rains and gusty winds.

Fay never achieved hurricane status as long forecast, and most businesses opted to go without any shutters or other window protection.

Scattered power outages were reported early Tuesday including 5,800 customers on upscale Marco Island. They also said 148 people spent the night in storm shelters.

After crossing the Florida Keys without causing major damage Monday, Fay lumbered ashore about 5 a.m. Tuesday at Cape Romano, just south of Naples, with sustained winds of about 60 mph. That's well below hurricane threshold of 74 mph. Cape Romano is the same spot where Hurricane Wilma, a Category 3 storm, made landfall in October 2005.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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