Update, SAT 2:35 PM: Here are the latest severe weather alerts, road closings, school closings, boil water notices and power outages for the Fox 29 viewing area:
Bush disclares state of emergency
The estimates are in., and St. Lucie County suffered some serious damage. Officials say Fay's flooding caused roughly $50 million in damage.
This went up from the original $30 million they predicted. After adding more money for agricultural damage.
President Bush declared Florida a state of emergency opening up federal aid for all flood victims in our area. FEMA'S Homepage
FAY MAKES LANDFALL FOURTH TIME
STEINHATCHEE, FL (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.
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Latest from the National Hurricane Center:
At 11 am the tropical storm warning is extended southward along the northern Gulf Coast to the mouth of the Mississippi River.
A tropical storm warning is now in effect for the northeastern Gulf Coast from Suwanee River, FL westward to the mouth of the Mississippi.
PORT ST LUCIE, FL (WFLX) - All main roadways in eastern Port St. Lucie, east of U.S. Highway 1 are impassable to ordinary vehicle traffic.
The closed roads are:
Mariposa Avenue/Cane Slough Road east of U.S. 1.
California Boulevard at St. Lucie West Boulevard.
Cashmere Boulevard at Lake Forest
Cashmere Boulevard at Heatherwood
City crews have blocked key intersections to prevent motorists from becoming stranded in the standing water, and are setting up a shuttle service with city dump trucks and large 4-wheel drive vehicles to help residents get to the homes within the affected area.
Residents can find the shuttle staging area in front of the Eastport Plaza at the northeast corner of U.S. Highway 1 and Walton Road behind the Perkins Restaurant. Drivers can identify the plaza by the Perkins, Mobil gas station, Burger King, Taco Bell and Publix supermarket.
Residents who live between Berkshire and Green River Parkway may be able to enter the area by taking Green River Parkway north from Jensen Beach Boulevard to Melaleuca Boulevard, however, access is limited only to streets east of Berkshire.