Tropical Storm Emily began soaking Florida’s west coast as it rolled inland Tuesday afternoon.
In their 2 p.m. adivsory, hours after Gov. Rick Scott decladed a state of emergency for 31 counties, National Hurricane Center forecasters said tropical storm force winds extended 60 miles from Emily’s center, about 30 miles southeast of Tampa. Sustained winds reached 40 mph as the storm churned east at 10 mph.
The storm that quickly formed over the Gulf of Mexico Sunday made landfall on Anna Maria Island, west of Bradenton about 10:45 a.m. Much of the southwest Florida coast, from north of Naples to Port Charlotte, was under a tropical storm warning Monday afternoon.
Emily is expected to dump between two and four inches of rain along its path. Up to eight inches are possible in some locations.