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Monday, September 06, 2004 - Frances comes ashore as tropical storm - Sep 6, 2004 - Frances comes ashore as tropical storm - Sep 6, 2004
Frances comes ashore as tropical storm

CARRABELLE, Florida -- Frances made landfall near St. Marks, about 20 miles south of Tallahassee on the Florida Panhandle shortly before 2 p.m. Monday as a tropical storm instead of the hurricane weather experts had predicted.

The National Hurricane Center said Frances, moving northwest at 8 mph, would further diminish as it tracked further inland, but the worst of the wind and rain was south of the storm's center.

Jim Brown, mayor of Carrabelle -- about 37 miles west of St. Marks -- said earlier that emergency crews were "standing by."

"We feel like we've done everything that we can," he said. "It's just wait and see at the moment."

The storm's center crossed the coastline near St. Marks, Florida, near latitude 30.1 north and longitude 84.1 west.

The weakened system was a slight reprieve from the battering three weeks ago, when Floridians weathered a crushing blow from Hurricane Charley, which came ashore as a Category 4 storm.

Even as the state endures the wrath of Frances, Hurricane Ivan is churning in the Atlantic Ocean and could hit south Florida coast by next weekend.

Convoys of utility crews and relief workers carrying supplies set out after daybreak for the hard-hit areas.

"We're bringing in food, water, and the medical teams and urban search-and-rescue teams to have a massive response," said Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Michael Brown, who is traveling with Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to view the aftermath and assess the damage.

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