August 17, 2008

Tropical Storm Fay Prompts Fla. Evacuation

Meteorologists advised tourists in the Florida Keys to evacuate the region as Tropical Storm Fay advanced Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Fay could turn into a hurricane by the time it reaches the Keys early Monday. A hurricane watch was posted for as far north as Naples, Fla.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency, warning the system could became "a major disaster."

At 11 a.m. EDT, Fay was about 75 miles south-southeast of Camaguey, Cuba, and 350 miles southeast of Key West, Fla., reported.

The storm was moving west-northwest at about 13 mph packing winds near 50 mph with higher gusts, weather officials said.

The storm has been blamed for at least three deaths in the Dominican Republic. A woman and her children were killed when their car was swept away by flood waters, Listin Diario reported.

In Haiti, one death was reported, and one person was missing.