As the center of Tropical Storm Fay hovered over Key West, forecasters said the storm may not grow into a hurricane by the time it makes landfall in Southwest Florida on Tuesday.
Florida ''dodged a bullet'' because Fay has so far failed to intensify and cause any serious damage here, National Hurricane Center Director Bill Read said in an interview Monday.
The hurricane center's 5 p.m. forecast said Fay's winds reached 60 mph in Sombrero Key and a 71 mph gust was recorded at Sand Key. Weather-related problems knocked out power to about 1,300 customers in Broward and 800 in Miami-Dade; Florida Power and Light expected to restore service within 24 hours.
The storm's outer bands will continue to dump rain and bring some strong gusts in South Florida and the Keys as it makes its way north-northwest toward Naples. It's projected to make landfall there as a strong tropical storm early Tuesday.
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