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Monday, September 06, 2004

CNN.com - Frances heads for second landfall - Sep 6, 2004

CNN.com - Frances heads for second landfall - Sep 6, 2004
Frances heads for second landfall
(CNN) -- Floridians are bracing for a rejuvenated Frances to make landfall Monday, after its lumbering 30-hour creep across the state during the weekend.

Lingering as a tropical cyclone and centered 60 miles southeast of Apalachicola, Florida, the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico could increase Frances' strength before it hits the coastline, forecasters say.

"Frances is probably going to be a Category 1 storm again by the time it comes ashore, sometime early this afternoon, between Ochlockonee Bay and the Aucilla River," state meteorologist Ben Nelson said.

Nelson also cautioned that "most of the peninsula ... is under tornado watches" as weather service radar systems recorded "numerous" funnel cloud formations.

The storm is moving about 8 mph on a northwest course. Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph and would be classified as a hurricane at 74 mph.

The hurricane warning for the northwest Gulf Coast, from Anna Maria Island north to Destin, has become a tropical storm warning.

Three weeks ago, Floridians weathered a crushing blow from Hurricane Charley, which came ashore as a Category 4 storm.

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