On the 5th Day of Fay, Cleanup Begins In FL

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

STEINHATCHEE, Fla. (AP) -- Tropical Storm Fay is finally on track to leave the Sunshine State after dumping more than two feet of rain on some parts of Florida.

The storm has stuck around for five days and made three separate landfalls. But it's finally expected to veer west over the Panhandle and leave Florida for good over the weekend.

The water is beginning to recede in some areas. Tens of thousands of people are still without electricity. And residents of Florida's storm-stricken Atlantic coast face a weekend of cleanup after chest-high flooding.

Six deaths are being blamed directly on the storm in Florida. Before the storm ever blew through the state, a man testing generators as a precaution also was killed. Thirty people overall have been killed by Fay since it first hit in Caribbean.

The rainmaker isn't finished just yet. Several Panhandle counties have opened their emergency operations in preparation for the storm.

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