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    Exclamation All central Florida Schools closed due to Hurricane Charley

    School Closings In Central Florida

    POSTED: 12:05 pm EDT August 12, 2004
    UPDATED: 6:26 am EDT August 13, 2004

    The following schools will be closed on Friday, August 13th due to Hurricane Charley:

    »Brevard County

    »Brevard Community College

    »Flagler County

    »Lake County

    »Lake-Sumter Community College

    »Marion County

    »Orange County

    »Osceola County

    »Polk County

    »Seminole County

    »Seminole Community College (SCC)

    »Sumter County

    »Volusia County

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    Atlantic Tropical Storm
    Hurricane Charley Intermediate Advisory Number 16a

    Issued at: 6:54 AM EDT 8/13/04 (gateway).




    Hurricane charley on track, wind gusts to 124 mph in cuba,

    A hurricane warning remains in effect for the Florida keys from the dry tortugas to the seven mile bridge, and for the Florida west coast from east cape sable northward to the steinhatchee river. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the warning area during the next 24 hours. Preparations should be rushed to completion.

    A tropical storm warning is issued for the Florida and georgia coasts from cocoa beach Florida to altamaha sound georgia. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the Florida keys from the seven mile bridge to ocean reef, and along the south Florida mainland from ocean reef to east cape sable, including Florida bay and lake okeechobee.

    A tropical storm watch remains in effect for the southeastern u. S. Coast from ocean reef northward to south of cocoa beach and from north of altamaha sound georgia to cape fear north carolina.

    At 7 am edt, 1100z, the hurricane warning for cuba has been discontinued.

    At 7 am edt, 1100z, the eye of hurricane charley was located near latitude 24.3 north, longitude 82.9 west or about 75 miles, 120 km, west-southwest of key west Florida.

    Charley is moving toward the north-northwest near 18 mph, 30 km/hr. A gradual turn to the north is expected today.

    Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph, 175 km/hr, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible and charley is forecast to be a major hurricane as it approaches the Florida west coast.

    Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles, 45 km, from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles, 205 km. Preliminary reports from cuba indicate that peak winds of near 124 mph, 200 km/hr were measured just west of havana near the eye of the hurricane.

    Latest minimum central pressure reported by a hurricane reconnaissance plane was 969 mb, 28.61 inches.

    Storm surge flooding of 2 to 4 feet, along with large and dangerous battering waves, can be expected in the Florida keys. Storm surge flooding of 10 to 13 feet is also possible near and south of the where the center crosses the Florida west coast.

    Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches are likely in association with charley. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods.

    Isolated tornadoes are possible across parts of the southern Florida peninsula and the Florida keys today.

    Repeating the 7 am edt position, 24.3 n, 82.9 w. Movement toward, north-northwest near 18 mph. Maximum sustained winds, 110 mph. Minimum central pressure, 969 mb.

    For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your local weather office.

    An intermediate advisory will be issued by the national hurricane center at 9 am edt followed by the next complete advisory at 11 am edt.



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    MIAMI -- Hurricane Charley strengthened to a dangerous Category 4 storm packing 145 mph wind as it bore down on Florida's west coast Friday.




    State officials urged almost 2 million people to evacuate, but the storm's path turned slight on a path that would take it slightly south of the most populated Tampa Bay region and into the booming areas of Sarasota and Charlotte counties, meteorologist Daniel Brown said.

    An expected massive storm surge could devastate coastal and low-lying areas in the Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Tampa and St. Petersburg, and everything from waterfront condominium towers to vulnerable mobile homes was in danger.

    Many Tampa Bay area streets were deserted as workers were told to stay home or head to shelters.

    If it remained at its current strength, Charley would be the strongest hurricane since the Category 5 Andrew hit south of Miami in 1992.

    The storm surge could reach up to 20 feet in the Charlotte Harbor area if Charley struck with wind of 145 mph, state meteorologist Ben Nelson said.

    The main airports in Tampa and Sarasota closed at noon, and Tampa's Busch Gardens and Adventure Island theme parks were closed. In the Orlando area, Walt Disney World closed early, while Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando planned to close during the afternoon. Saturday's Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Cincinnati Bengals preseason game was postponed.

    All residents of MacDill Air Force Base, on another peninsula in Tampa Bay, were ordered out with only essential personnel remaining. MacDill is home to U.S. Central Command, the nerve center of the war in Iraq.

    By noon, Charley's outer bands were already dropping rain on southwestern Florida, a few hours after bringing occasionally heavy wind and rain to the lower Keys as the storm's center passed to the west of the island chain. There were no immediate reports of major damage.

    Earlier, as it blew through the Caribbean, Charley had been blamed for at least four deaths, three in Cuba and one in Jamaica.

    Chunks of corrugated sheet metal were ripped from the roof of Marlen Perez's modest home in Havana.

    "The wind was howling and I was screaming, 'Oh my God, oh my God.' Pieces of the roof were falling everywhere," said Perez, 39. "... I thought the walls were falling down."

    At 1 p.m., the hurricane was centered about 70 miles south-southwest of Fort Myers and was expected to reach the coast near Charlotte Harbor later in the afternoon.

    It was moving toward the north-northeast near 20 mph, meteorologists said. Hurricane force-wind extended outward 30 miles from the eye; tropical storm-force wind went out 125 miles.

    Evacuation shelters in Florida were filling to capacity as residents and tourists looked for somewhere safe to ride out the storm, and the evacuation could potentially could be the largest in state history, officials said.

    Gov. Jeb Bush said he had sought a federal disaster declaration from President Bush, his brother, and urged residents to stay wherever they were.

    "This is not the time to be getting on the interstate. It is time to seek a safe place to be with family and friends inside of your region," the governor said.

    A shelter at Sickles High School in northwestern Tampa was full to its capacity of 500 at the breakfast hour. Windows had been reinforced with screens and tarps to prepare for the storm.

    "I'm scared that we're going to go home and nothing is going to be there," 20-year-old Amanda Kellogg said as she played blackjack with four friends, their suitcases, bedding and other possessions piled beside them.

    Charlotte County's emergency operations center in Port Charlotte was closed.

    About 1,000 Florida National Guard members have been activated, and another 1,000 were being called up.

    The hurricane was arriving in Florida a day after Tropical Storm Bonnie came ashore in the state's Panhandle and quickly moved north. Three people, including a child, were killed and 29 injured Friday when a tornado hit a North Carolina trailer park.

    About 6.5 million of Florida's 17 million residents were in Charley's projected path, including about 700,000 elderly people, officials said.

    All the west coast of Florida's peninsula was under a hurricane warning, as was the lower Florida Keys. Tropical storm watches and warnings extended from the middle Keys to Oregon Inlet, N.C.

    After Florida, Charley was expected to head north along Georgia's coast, arriving in South Carolina around midday Saturday. Campers were urged to leave Georgia's Cumberland Island, and South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford called for a voluntary evacuation of low-lying areas along his state's southern coast.

    The hurricane's predicted track could take the storm into lush fields of corn, cotton and soybeans, as well as large cattle, poultry and hog farms from Florida into Virginia. Vegetable, greenhouse and citrus growers in Florida faced the first impact.

    Florida's evacuation request was its biggest since 1999, when Hurricane Floyd prompted an order for a record 1.3 million people to evacuate the state's east coast. Charley's evacuation could break that record, said Craig Fugate, the state's emergency management director.

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