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Flooding big concernas hurricane hits FL

Hurricane Katrina made landfall Thursday evening in southeast Florida, and at least two deaths have been blamed on the storm.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 25, 2005

Hurricane Katrina made landfall Thursday evening in southeast Florida, and at least two deaths have been blamed on the storm.

Hurricane Katrina will continue to bring torrential rain to Florida, forecasters said.

The storm made landfall on the heavily populated southeastern coast of Florida on Thursday evening as a Category 1 hurricane, and it was expected to move westward across the state.

Forecasters expect the storm to drop 6-10 inches of rain in its path. Thatís slightly down from the foot of rain predicted in earlier projections. Still, emergency managers cited their biggest concern with Katrina was widespread - if not severe - flooding.

Many residents were concerned about city flooding because of poor drainage. Some areas in south Florida have street flooding during regular rainfall.

Waves of rain kept arriving Thursday evening, and squally weather should continue through the night, with rain continuing Friday. The system has an uncommon structure: its south side holds more rain bands than its north side - opposite from the average system.

The storm could spawn tornadoes, and also threatens to produce a 2 to 4 foot storm surge and large battering waves to the north of where it makes landfall, the National Hurricane Center indicated.

A flood watch was in effect through Saturday night.

By Friday night or early Saturday, the storm was forecast to emerge in the Gulf of Mexico, and build to hurricane strength. Though forecasts varied as to when and where the storm will make a turn to the north, tracks showed the storm making a second landfall in the Florida Panhandle or northwest Florida next week.


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