Fay Drenches the South

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A powerful new hurricane is crawling across the Caribbean. Gustav has taken a bead on Haiti and Cuba, and its target after that could be Florida.

That state is still reeling from the four passes Fay made over it, flooding a thousand homes in the process.

Many streets in Florida are still under four feet of water.

In some areas, floodwaters still rise, causing Floridians to evacuate even though Fay's long gone.

Senior citizen Carolyn Smith was among them. She said, "It's hard for me to leave home, but I decided that it would be for the best."

People fled a Tallahassee neighborhood where floodwaters threatened a third of the homes.

Sgt. Charlie Strickland of the Leon County Sheriff's Office said the evacuation made sense: "They don't have power. They don't have electricity. They don't have water. And they don't have proper sewage."

Fay dumped more than 30 inches of rain and all that water will take weeks to drain. One official told Orlando TV Station Local 6, "It's like trying to drain the Atlantic Ocean with a straw."

Accuweather senior meteorologist Bernie Rayno explained why Fay let loose so much water: "It was slow moving, so showers and thunderstorms tended to sit in the same areas for a period of time."

Other states now getting drenched by Fay's leftovers, like Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, are happy it'll put a dent in their long drought, but that's little comfort to those facing floodwaters.

Near the Grady-Thomas County line in Georgia, Tammy Donalson looked across a new lake right outside her house. "That was grass. That was our yard. And there's not anything there."

She'd faced frightening hours when two feet of rain fell, causing nearby Barnett's Creek to surge over its banks and come within a foot of her home. "I was doing a lot of praying, and I was doing a lot of crying. Very nervous."

Some Georgia farmers say they've lost half their crops to the winds and waters.

And with three months of hurricane season still to come, wary eyes now watch Gustav, crawling across the Caribbean and picking up strength.

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Paul Strand

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