Tropical Storm Fay update

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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


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.

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Treasure Coast Recovery

Please help the United Way of Palm Beach County generate funds for the thousands of flood victims on the Treasure Coast.

Send a check payable to:

United Way
2600 Quantum Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL  33426

* In the memo section write: Treasure Coast Recovery *

One hundred percent of the donations made by check will go to people in need. No administrative costs will be deducted.

Road Closings in Port St. Lucie: (

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:

  1. Mariposa Avenue/Cane Slough Road east of U.S. 1.
  2. California Boulevard at St. Lucie West Boulevard.
  3. Cashmere Boulevard at Lake Forest
  4. 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.

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Boil Water Notices:

  • Don't wash dished, brush teeth, wash or cook food, or use ice from contaminated water.
  • Drink bottled or boiled water until supply is tested and deemed safe.
  • Bring water to full boil for one minute to ensure safety
  • Or treat water with eight drops of chlorine bleach per gallon of water.

St. Lucie County: The health department wants all residents to check water before drinking it. If your well has been flooded, it needs testing and disinfection once waters recede.

Manalapan: Residents are urged to boil their water until further notice. (more information)

Power outages update from FPL: (

All power in Palm Beach County has been restored.

Martin County still has about 500 customers without power.

St. Lucie County and Indian River County have 1,300 customers without power.

In Okeechobee County, 1,000 are without power.

Statewide, there are 16,240 people in the dark after Tropical Storm Fay.