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FL Keys on storm watch

Tourists were evacuated from the Florida Keys on Sunday as the island chain was put on a hurricane watch.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 18, 2005

Tourists were evacuated from the Florida Keys on Sunday as the island chain was put on a hurricane watch.

The system causing the watch was still a tropical depression on Sunday, but forecasters said there was potential for it to grow into hurricane strength before it reaches the Keys.

Monroe County officials also urged mobile home residents to evacuate the Keys.

By Sunday afternoon, the storm had sustained winds of 35 mph, and was on the brink of becoming Tropical Storm Rita. It was heading toward the Bahamas.

Long-term forecasts show the storm may head west into the Gulf of Mexico, toward Texas or Mexico, but forecasters said it was too early to tell for sure.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Philippe was still churning further out in the Atlantic.


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