Unfortunately for Floridians this storm now looks like it will cross the state from west to east. I guess the only good news is that it is only a tropical storm and never achieved hurricane status (even though it did unfortunately bring death and destruction to Hispaniola and Cuba). The forecast for this to become a hurricane, after crossing Cuba, always seemed a stretch to me. It isn't too often that a storm can cross so much land and maintain strength - but I guess the meteorologists at the NHC have to rely on their models. Now that Fay is totally out of the Caribbean region, this will probably be our last post on this storm. We are keeping an eye on the other system that is in the open Atlantic now and will follow up on that if anything develops.