Tropical Storm Emily was downgraded to a depression Monday night, but forecasters say they expect the storm to gain strength and be reclassified as a tropical storm as it moves away from Florida over the Atlantic.

The storm landed on Anna Maria Island, an island off Florida’s west coast near Bradenton, around 10:45 a.m. Monday. It brought winds of 45 mph and several inches of rain.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 31 counties in southern and central Florida.

Forecasters say the center of the storm should move off the east coast of Florida around midnight Monday. It is expected to regain tropical storm strength over ocean water.

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SOURCE: CNN, Joe Sterling and Jessica Suerth

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