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Date of Issue: August 21, 2008

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.

A tropical 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 Peninsula.

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 trolley.

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 as well.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect for the east coast of Florida.

Maximum 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.