Photo: Tropical Storm Fay's Land-Hugging Path Kept It Weak



Motorists try to move their stalled truck from streets flooded by tropical storm Fay in Melbourne, Florida, on August 20, 2008. The storm drenched much of the state during its leisurely ramble across the peninsula, with Melbourne receiving more than 25 inches (63.5 centimeters).

But experts note that Fay's trek near and over land is what kept it from becoming a very intense hurricane that could have inflicted extreme damage to the region.

Photograph by John Raoux/AP


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