The storm has spawned isolated tornadoes that killed at least one person in Florida, and forecasters are warning about the possibility of more tornadoes.
Rescuers in the neighboring state of Alabama are continuing to search for a swimmer who went missing in rough surf.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday, saying the declaration will help allow all resources across the state to be used to aid the affected areas. ”I think we’ve done the right thing. This is the right time to respond when we saw where this tropical storm was headed. When we saw what emergency teams might need. We’re prepared,” Scott said.
The U.S. National Weather Service says the storm is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 25 to 51 centimeters across much of northern and central Florida. That’s about 10 to 20 inches.