Transcript for Tropical Depression Emily hits Florida with rain, winds
We move to tropical storm Emily. It hit Florida's gulf coast with heavy rain and winds and the governor declared a state of emergency. Even thousand it's been downgraded to a depression Florida still feeling its effects. ABC's gio Benitez is on the scene in Miami. Gio, good morning. Reporter: George, good morning to you. Emily is offshore. But it came in fast and furious dumping up to 8 inches of rain across the state. Tropical storm Emily suddenly forming off the gulf coast Monday. Kicking off the week with a washout. Creating a nightmare on the roads, slick conditions sending this tractor trailer over a guardrail in Tampa. Dangling over a highway overpass. Strong winds blowing up to 45 miles per hour forcing officials to shut down the sunshine skyway bridge. In ft. Myers, the heavy rain ripping the roof from this hotel. The coast guard swiftly rescuing these two brothers hanging on to a navigation light after their boat's engine died and hit the structure while sinking in the Tampa bay. Imperative every mariner boater check their weather forecast before getting out there. Reporter: Nearly 18,000 homes and businesses without power. Now the governor declaring a state of emergency across 31 counties. And right now Florida officials are warning about ripcurrents along much of Florida's eastern coast all the way up to Georgia. Robin. All right, gio. We'll talk about that with more on Emily's track and where we'll see those that gio referred to. Let's go to ginger. Hey, good morning to you. Lease start right here where you can see a little spin left of depression Emily so you can see it off the coast there, just east of the center of the east coast, now, what I want to tell you is about rip currents. We not only have advisories in place from Vero Beach but through daytona if you're cocoa -- if you have plans to be at the beach up to Jacksonville and southern tip of Georgia rip currents are possible as it heads out to sea it stays that way but should leave a few more inches of rain especially in southwest Florida that already got hit so hard.
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