Fay Hits Florida, But Doesn't Become Hurricane

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Fay moved inland today after making landfall in southwest Florida, never growing into the hurricane that forecasters had cautioned it could become.

At 11 a.m. Eastern, the center of the Atlantic hurricane season's sixth named storm was about 30 miles east of Fort Myers and was moving north-northeast near 9 miles-per-hour, with maximum sustained winds of 60 miles-per-hour expected to gradually weaken through the day. It could strengthen slightly once it crosses Florida to the Atlantic and gets over water again.

Forecasts for most of Monday had predicted a slight chance Fay would bring hurricane winds, which start at 74 miles-per-hour, but that didn't happen.

Flooding remains a concern as Fay heads up the Florida peninsula, with rainfall amounts forecast between 5 and 10 inches. The storm could also push tides 1 to 3 feet above normal and spawn tornadoes.

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

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