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Emily makes landfall on Florida's Gulf Coast, downgraded to tropical depression

Tropical Storm Emily has come ashore near Bradenton, FL. (Source: NHC) Tropical Storm Emily has come ashore near Bradenton, FL. (Source: NHC)
A sailboat was pushed ashore as a result of Tropical Storm Emily's strong surf. (Source: WWSB) A sailboat was pushed ashore as a result of Tropical Storm Emily's strong surf. (Source: WWSB)

(RNN) - A quickly-forming tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico has been downgraded to a tropical depression. 

Emily formed Monday and made landfall in Florida the same day at Anna Maria Island, just west of Bradenton, FL, at 10:45 a.m. Eastern.

Tropical Depression Emily is located 35 miles west of Vero Beach, FL, moving east-northeast at 9 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. It is packing maximum-sustained winds of 30 mph.

Tropical storm warnings have been discontinued for Florida's west coast. 

The area has dealt with flooding rain and strong winds. Tornadoes are also possible as the storm moves inland. 

A gust of 60 mph was reported on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which was closed Monday morning because of high winds. 

Street and road flooding already has been occurring in Manatee and Sarasota counties near the Myakka River, the National Hurricane Center said.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 31 counties expected to be affected by the storm.

Forecasters expect the storm to turn east-northeastward Tuesday and increase in forward speed. It will then make its way across the Florida peninsula and reach the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday. It could strengthen some once it is over the Atlantic. 

Forecasters said the storm will weaken to a depression over land, but will become a tropical storm again in the Atlantic.

The storm's expected path in the Atlantic takes it roughly parallel to the coast as it moves to the northeast, pushed by a mid- to upper-level trough moving into the southeast from the upper Midwest.

The previous landfalling storm this season, Tropical Storm Cindy, made landfall near Lake Charles, LA, on June 22. It spawned tornadoes throughout the South, including an EF-2 in Birmingham, AL. The storm claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy vacationing in Fort Morgan, AL.

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