Manatee, Anna Maria Island dodge Fay
|Boarded up at the end of the boardwalk|
The Rod and Reel Pier is boarded up and closed on Monday night in anticipation of Fay’s arrival. Islander Photo: Lisa Neff
As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, all hurricane warnings are discontinued.
storm warning remains in effect from mid-Longboat Key
southward. Anna Maria Island should see breezy conditions and some chance
of rain as Tropical Storm Fay moves north-northeast across the Florida
Fay made landfall
overnight at Cape Romano south of Naples and heavy
rain bands and winds up to 95-mph surround the storm.
In addition to Manatee County government
offices and schools being closed, Holmes Beach City
Hall and Anna Maria City Hall were to close. Bradenton Beach City Hall
was scheduled to remain open.
Manatee County Area Transit also planned the
suspension of service on Tuesday, including the Island
The Florida Department of Transportation suspended
roadwork for Tuesday and removed debris and any possible
obstructions on the Anna Maria Island Bridge, which is undergoing a rehab.
Manatee County public schools made the call Monday afternoon
at about 4 p.m. to close all schools and facilities
Tuesday. Manatee Community College and many private schools will be closed
A tropical storm warning remained in effect
for the east coast of Florida.
sustained winds at the time of the 5 a.m. advisory
were 60 mph. Some weakening is expected as Fay moves inland from its
landfall location south of Naples.