Fay Slams Cuba, Floridians Flee

Hurricane warnings issued for southern and western coasts of Florida
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 18, 2008 6:19 AM CDT
National Hurricane Center director Bill Read addresses television viewers on the progress of Tropical Storm Fay yesterday.   (AP Photo/Andy Newman)
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(Newser) – Tropical Storm Fay slammed into Cuba's southwest coast with 50 mph winds today as Florida residents and tourists continued to jam roadways to get out of the path of what's expected to become a hurricane as early as tomorrow, reports Reuters and the Miami Herald. Fay could drop as much as 8 inches of rain as it churns northward toward the Florida Keys.

At least 57 people were killed in storm-related accidents in Haiti and Jamaica over the weekend. A hurricane warning has been issued for the southern and western coasts of Florida, where schools have been closed, and 500 National Guardsmen have been called in for help.