12 August 2004

quick Charley update

The latest intensity as of 18Z is 90kts, or a CAT2 hurricane.  Charley
is still intensifying quickly with nearly ideal environmental
conditions.  If this does hit the Tampa and St. Petersburg area as a
major hurricane, it will be their first in 83 years.

Mandatory evacuations have now displaced at least 500,000 people in west
central and southern FL in preparation of Charley's landfall tomorrow. 
(Already, traffic on Hwy 1 out of the Keys has been gridlocked due to
accidents.)  Cuba has evacuated over 26,000 people to inland locations
so far.

Please visit my tropical Atlantic headquarters.

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