Sunday, September 5, 2004

A Dark and Stormy Night

Hurricane Frances finally made landfall last night near Stuart. Damage is extensive to roofs and structures along the path. This storm is so huge that the rain bands circulating out from it are covering the entire peninsula of Florida – from Jacksonville to Key West – a distance of nearly 600 miles. The only part not effected – yet – is the panhandle.

It’s been raining and gusting all through the night here in Miami. They have lifted the hurricane warning, changing it to a tropical storm warning as of 5 a.m. The difference is that winds aren’t expected to be over 74 miles per hour. Winds are currently out of the south-southwest at 23 mph with gusts of 41.

Reports coming in via TV show extensive damage along the coast all the way from Deerfield Beach in north Broward County to as far north as Titusville, near Cape Canaveral.

And warming up in the wings is Hurricane Ivan. Its forecast track is south of Frances, but could still be a threat to Florida by next week.

Enough already.