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NEWS: 300,000 To Evacuate Florida Coast

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posted on Sep, 1 2004 @ 02:58 PM
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At least 300,000 residents are being urged to evacuate the Florida coast in preparation for the landfall of Hurricane Frances. Hurricane Frances is currently packing 140mph winds with 165mph gusts. Hurricane force winds extend up to 80 miles outside the center of the storms eyewall.

 


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MIAMI - Hundreds of thousands of people were told Wednesday to get ready to evacuate as powerful Hurricane Frances crept closer to Florida just weeks after Hurricane Charley's rampage. It would be the worst double hurricane strike on one state in at least a century.

Generators were hefted off store shelves, along with water, canned goods and other emergency supplies as forecasters warned the core of the Category 4 storm with 140-mph top sustained winds was due along Florida's Atlantic coast late Friday or early Saturday. Charley left billions of dollars in damage and 27 people dead when it swept across the peninsula Aug. 13.

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Kennedy Space Station plans on closing early Thursday and Friday to allow their employees to prepare for the coming storm. Hurricane Frances is more than twice the size of the devastating hurricane, Charley, which devasted many parts of Florida last week.

1950 was the last time two such strong hurricanes ravaged the state of Florida in succession. Generators, canned goods, bottled water are practically empty from store shelves. Residents are urged to take proper precautions to stay safe from this storm.

[edit on 1-9-2004 by deeprivergal]

[edit on 1-9-2004 by deeprivergal]




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