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FL braces for storm

Rain was falling over Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida by Thursday morning as the outer bands of Tropical Storm Katrina moved into the state.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 25, 2005

Rain was falling over Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida by Thursday morning as the outer bands of Tropical Storm Katrina moved into the state. Katrina could reach hurricane strength before making landfall in Florida late Thursday or early Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A hurricane warning was issued from Vero Beach to Florida City, and for people living along Lake Okeechobee inland. Katrina's path appeared centered on the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area but the stormís track could change, forecasters warned.

The biggest worry was the potential for heavy rain - forecasters predicted six to 12 inches, with isolated areas receiving up to 20 inches.

Broward County recommended people evacuate barrier islands and low-lying regions, and some schools in the area were closed. No mandatory evacuations had been issued as of Thursday morning.

By Thursday morning, Katrina was centered about 70 miles east of Fort Lauderdale and was moving west at about 8 mph.

After Katrina moves back into the Gulf of Mexico, the storm could strike the Florida Panhandle - where Hurricane Dennis struck earlier this year and Hurricane Ivan hit last season.

Katrina formed Wednesday over the Bahamas, bringing heavy showers there but causing no reported damage.


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