Fay's Fourth Florida Landfall is One for Record Books

STEINHATCHEE, Fla. (AP) - Tropical Storm Fay's path this morning crossing the Florida Panhandle vaulted the stubborn weather system
into the record books.

The tropical storm moved over the central Florida Panhandle at 5 a.m..

It's the first in recorded history to hit the state with such intensity four different times.

The National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center says the center of the storm was reported to be over the Florida panhandle about 15 miles north-northeast of Apalachicola, Florida, according to the National Weather Service's National Hurricane Center.

The center says Fay is expected to be near or over the western Florida Panhandle's coast today and near or over the coast of Mississippi and Alabama tomorrow.

At least six people in Florida are dead from the storm, and two more deaths are believed to be Fay-related.

Florida Governor Crist says the storm has damaged about 1,500 homes in Brevard county alone, and dropped 25 inches of rain in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, heavy rain in Fay's wake were causing widespread flooding across the Jacksonville area, near the storm's third landfall.

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

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