Tropical Storm Fay Expected To Hit Fla. 3rd Time

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Tropical Storm Fay is leaving the Atlantic and heading back toward Florida.

It’s not expected to reach hurricane-strength before it makes a third run over the state this week. Fay could dump 30 inches of rain in some areas of the Sunshine State.

The National Weather Service says nearly 25 inches of rain has already fallen in the Melbourne area, with some homes filling up with as much as 5 feet of water.

Forecasters expect it to make a two-day trek across northern Florida to the Gulf Coast of the panhandle.

The storm first struck Monday in the Florida Keys, then veered out to sea before traversing east across the state. Hurricane Donna was the last storm to hit Florida three times with at least tropical storm intensity. That was back in 1960.