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Frances pounds Florida

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Frances at 8:15 a.m.
EDT, Sept. 5 (NOAA
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Hurricane Frances roared ashore early this morning, with the eye of the storm passing very close to Stuart, Florida, and Witham Field at about 1 a.m. The storm has weakened again, now with sustained winds of about 95 mph, making it a strong Category 1 hurricane. But it remains huge, covering most of the state of Florida. And it is moving very slowly; Frances is forecast to remain over land until late Monday.

More than 2 million people are without power. After Frances passes and services are restored, AOPA's Florida Airport Support Network volunteers will be checking in to report how general aviation weathered the second major hurricane in three weeks. Meanwhile, Hurricane Ivan has formed in the central Atlantic.

September 5, 2004

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