MIAMI — Tropical Storm Floyd picked up power Sunday in the Western Caribbean as its winds reached 55 m.p.h., and forecasters posted hurricane warnings for southwest Florida and the Florida Keys.
The warning indicates hurricane conditions were expected today across the Keys, Dry Tortugas, Florida Straits, Florida Bay and about one-third of the way up Florida's Gulf Coast to Venice. Small craft were advised to remain in port north to Tarpon Springs, about 25 miles northeast of Tampa.
Late Sunday, the storm's center was on the western tip of Cuba, about 275 miles southwest of Key West.
The storm was moving north at 15 m.p.h. and was expected to turn gradually to the northeast today, said forecaster Hal Gerrish at the National Hurricane Center.
"The atmospheric conditions are favorable for a continued slow intensification," said meteorologist Mark Zimmer. "It's quite likely it will reach hurricane intensity within the next day or two."