Hurricane Katrina Path may hit the Florida Panhandle
August 25th 2005
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Katrina hit the coast of Florida with wind gusts of 92 mph centering
just south of Fort Lauderdale. The storm slowed and slightly
weakened after hitting land dumping 12 inches of rain. It is
expected to re-strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico’s warm water and
could swing back up hitting the Florida Panhandle. This area was
hit in July by Hurricane Dennis and last September by Hurricane
"This is going
to be a long night for Miami-Dade and Broward counties," hurricane
centre director Max Mayfield told CNN. There are an estimated 2
million people without power at this time.
Since it was
only a category one hurricane there is expected to be little damage
to permanent structures. According to Reuters some residents filled
sandbags to try to protect their homes from flooding, but few
bothered to put up hurricane shutters.
rerouted their trips as the local seaports shut down. It is
expected that the skies will clear in time for the MTV music awards
on Sunday. The awards will be held in Miami Beach.
Two men and one woman
were killed in Florida after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. WFOR
television reported the man was killed when a tree fell bringing
power lines down on his car.
Hurricane Center said in a written statement there is a “95% to 100%
chance of an above-normal 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, according
to a consensus of scientists at National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC), Hurricane
Research Division (HRD), and National Hurricane Center (NHC). This
forecast reflects NOAA’s highest confidence of an above-normal
hurricane season since their outlooks began in August 1998”.
They expect an
extremely active season with an estimated 18-21 tropical storms with
9-11 of them becoming hurricanes. Usually there are only 10
tropical storms and 6 hurricanes. They expect 5-7 major hurricanes
where there are usually only 2 or 3.
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