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Tropical Storm Katrina moves towards Florida Coast

August 25th 2005

Tropical Storm Hurricane Katrina moves towards the Florida Coast

Projected Path of Katrina

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Tropical Storm Katrina is moving towards South East Florida and is expected to churn hurricane winds by the time it reaches the state.  It is expected to hit Florida before dawn on Friday or possibly late Thursday.  Right now the storm is producing 50 mph sustained winds and is over the Northwest Bahamas, approximately 135 miles east of the Florida Coast. On Wednesday night forecasters issued a hurricane warning for the 170 mile stretch of coastline between Vero Beach and Florida City.

A hurricane watch will be in effect for the Central Coast between Vero Beach north to Titusville including Merritt Island.  A watch will be in effect for the Florida Keys from the Seven Mile Bridge to Florida City.  This means a tropical storm is expected within 36 hours. 

The warning means that winds of 74 mph are expected within 24 hours.  Barrier Islands in Broward and Palm Beach Counties will be evacuated Thursday according to CNN.  Palm Beach officials declared a state of emergency Wednesday.

 

Schools will be closed Thursday in Miami-Dad and Broward Counties.  Government offices will be closed in Broward County and schools will also be cancelled on Friday. 

The storm is projected to travel across the cities of Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach cutting across the peninsula through the Everglades exiting into the Gulf of Mexico late Friday or Saturday.  Katrina is expected to re-hit the lad in the Florida Panhandle, after dumping 6 to 12 inches of rain in the peninsula, with up to 20 inches possible.

Katrina is the 11th storm named in 2005.  Over the past 60 years the average number of “named” storms has been 10.  This is a busy season with 3 months left.  Forecasters estimate 21 names storms to develop this year.  The busiest months are September, August and October.  Gas Generators are in short supply these months.

 

The National Hurricane center in Miami Beach Florida said there is a “vigorous tropical wave located midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles” and is moving westward at 10 to 15 MPH.  According t the Service, this “wave” has the potential to become a tropical depression during the next day or so as it moves further into the Atlantic.

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By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer

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