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September 05, 2003TROPICAL STORM HENRI
Florida is expecting heavy rains over the next two days as a depression in the Gulf of Mexico strengthened into a tropical storm late yesterday. The official forecast calls for Henri to reach the Florida Gulf Coast overnight tonight and cross the northern Florida Peninsula Saturday. Flood warnings have been issued for much of the state and rainfall amounts may reach as much a 5 to 10 inches in some areas.
UPDATE 09-05-03 PM: Unexpectedly, Tropical Storm Henri broke apart and drifted south. Heavy rains that were expected in the northern part of the state did not materialize, but Sarasota County experienced heavy rains and additional flooding. Henri is still expected to take a northeastern path across the state tomorrow, but as a much weaker storm.
UPDATE 09-06-03 AM: Tropical Storm Henri, down graded to a tropical depression, came ashore early this morning along Pinellas County. It brought some heavy rains north of the Tampa Bay area and kicked up the surf in the Gulf off of the Suncoast beaches. The storm is expected to continue its eastward movement across the state during the day today causing light to moderate showers and breezy conditions.