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Fay Spawns Tornadoes and Flash Flooding

August 23rd, 2008 by flanews

As Tropical Storm Fay continues to make its way across the state, emergency workers are asking people to stay off the roads and out of the water. As of noon today, 10 deaths had already been linked to the storm. Most of the fatalities are traffic related. State Emergency Management Director Craig Fugate says flash flooding poses the biggest threat to people in Fays path.

We are now moving into a part of the state that is much more hilly, that means flood waters of 10 to 15 inches can be much more dangerous than you see in other part of the state that are flatter. In many cases were not talking about water getting into someones house. Were talking about water, particularly in some these smaller stream and creeks that can flash, water powerful enough that can really move a vehicle off the road, said Fugate.

Less than a foot of water can sweep a vehicle off the road. Emergency workers continue to ask people not to drive across flooded streets.

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