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Katrina soaks FL, restrengthens in Gulf

After making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in southesastern Florida at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Hurricane Katrina brought severe flooding to Key Biscayne and Homestead in Miami-Dade County.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | August 26, 2005

After making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane in southeastern Florida at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Hurricane Katrina brought severe flooding to Key Biscayne and Homestead in Miami-Dade County. Some flood damage was also reported in Broward County.

The storm washed ashore near the Broward/Dade County line with sustained winds of 75 mph. Gusts up to 92 mph were reported.

Up to 15 inches of rain fell in Key Biscayne, Sweetwater and the Coral Gables-Kendall area of Miami-Dade County. Rainfall in Miami-Dade was significantly higher than in Broward County, forecasters said.

In Key Biscayne, dozens of families were forced to evacuate their homes after floodwater inundated the area.

Three mobile home parks in Davie also sustained considerable damage, including lost roofs.

By 1 a.m. on Friday, Katrina had weakened to a tropical storm.

The storm was blamed for four deaths, three due to blown-down trees.

More than 1 million customers were without power, according to Florida Power & Light, including 777,000 in Miami-Dade County; 533,000 in Broward County; and 64,000 in Palm Beach County.

Katrina is the first hurricane to make a direct hit on Broward County since a Category 4 hurricane in 1947.

By early Friday morning, Katrina was located just offshore of southwestern Florida over the Gulf of Mexico, and had already regenerated back into a Category 1 hurricane. Katrina was moving west near 5 mph. This motion is expected to continue for the next 24 hours with a slight increase in forward speed.

Most forecast tracks project that the storm will turn northward into the northern Gulf of Mexico, potentially threatening the hurricane-wracked Florida Panhandle area.


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