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Tropical Storm Henri spares most of Florida

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) — Most of Florida was spared heavy rain forecasters had believed Tropical Storm Henri would bring Saturday, as the system weakened into a tropical depression and moved quickly across the peninsula.

Rainfall totals in most areas affected by Henri fell considerably short of the 6 to 12 inches forecasters said were coming to large portions of the state.

"It didn't dump as much rain as we thought it might," said hurricane specialist Jack Beven of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. "A lot of the rain stayed out in the gulf, and when the depression started moving, it moved much faster than we thought it would."