Tropical stormmoves toward FL

Tropical Storm Katrina could reach hurricane strength and bring 75-mph winds and up to a foot of rain to Florida when it makes landfall on Thursday or Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 24, 2005


Tropical Storm Katrina could reach hurricane strength and bring 75-mph winds and up to a foot of rain to Florida when it makes landfall on Thursday or Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A hurricane watch was issued for a 150-mile stretch of coast from Vero Beach to Florida City. Forecasters recommended Florida residents in the watch area put up hurricane shutters and make other storm preparations.

The storm is likely to cross the state slowly, dropping more than a foot of rain that could cause flooding.

Katrina will then head into the Gulf of Mexico by the weekend, where it will re-strengthen, forecasters said. Katrina is the 11th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. By Wednesday afternoon, Katrina had winds of 40 mph, and was moving northwest at 8 mph. It was southeast of the Bahamas and picking up speed. Residents there could expect five to 10 inches of rain in the central and northwestern region, with 15 inches possible in some areas.

Katrina formed Wednesday morning near the Bahamas.


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