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FRANCES SMOTHERS FLORIDA - SEP 05, 2004

 

Update: 16:10 hrs. There is a brief lull in the storm activity that we have been experiencing for the last 36 hours. Orlando is somewhere right under the eastern spirals of the hurricane, which has now moved westward. Winds are expected to build up again though. We will alternate between windy and not-so-windy periods for the rest of the evening.

 

But the worst isn't necessarily over yet. Hurricane Frances is not losing as much strength as one would expect. It has been forecast that she will move in to the Gulf of Mexico and recoup back to a category one hurricane, and hit Florida's pan handle. And while it does that, sometime early tomorrow, its eastern spirals would also have strengthened and will pass over Central Florida once again! This is beginning to look like a never-ending story!

 

Just take a look at this! This is a satellite image taken at noon today. The whole state of Florida is completely hidden under Frances' cloud cover.

 

A sign that people really did not expect Frances to do so much damage - all through the weekend the TV channels have been airing ads from local business offering massive discounts on purchases during the Labor Day weekend! And of course, Orange county has declared another curfew for tonight.

 

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I have been up since 5am. Wind speeds have been picking up since then. They have already reached consistent speeds of over 60 mph are are expected to increase to over 70 mph and continue through till mid afternoon. It has been over twelve hours since landfall, but Frances is still an category one hurricane. It is not losing much power over land.

 

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I clicked this photo at 11 am through my bedroom window, which is by the way, vibrating real bad. I hope it can take the pounding for another four odd hours.

 

 

 

 

 

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