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Hurricane Frances Strengthens To Cat. 3

# Maximum sustained winds near 115 mph; more strengthening expected

# Northern Lesser Antilles & N.E. Caribbean urged to monitor

# Continuing coverage of hurricane season on CBS4 News.


Aug 27, 2004 11:12 am US/Eastern

MIAMI (AP) Hurricane Frances grew into a Category 2 storm Friday in the Atlantic, but is not expected to threaten land in the near future.


Frances had maximum sustained winds near 105 mph and was expected to get stronger over the day and could become a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.


At 11am, the hurricane was centered about 820 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the southeastern Caribbean and was moving west-northwest near 10 mph, forecasters said.


"It appears now that its going to pass well north of the islands," said Lixion Avila, a hurricane specialist. But he said residents in the Caribbean should monitor the hurricane, because the long-term forecast could change.


Frances is the sixth named storm of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.

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It's a now a cat. 3 and will probably be a 5 before it makes landfall.


Bring it biatch!!!!!


A cat 5 will tear everything in it's path dood... look at Andrew... :plain




The best place for it to hit if it makes land fall is the east coast of Florida. The building codes make it so we can withstand more. But any category 5 is pretty destructive. :o

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the only good thing will be no school for weeks


We just made banners at Mariner so that the Port Charlotte High School Building can be decorated in Port Charlotte colors in the morning, then switched to Charlotte High colors in the afternoon. Charlotte High is gone, Port Charlotte High is not much better.

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