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August 31, 2004

Hurricane Frances Heads to Florida; Gaston Moves Away

Hurricane Frances brushed past several Caribbean islands on its way toward Florida, as Tropical Storm Gaston moved out to sea after killing three people and leaving a trail of damage in Virginia and South Carolina.

Frances was 175 miles (285 kilometers) east-northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico as of 11 a.m. local time, moving west at 15 mph (24 kph), according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center. The storm is expected to pass north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today, over the Bahamas on Thursday and then make landfall near Jacksonville, Florida, at about 8 a.m. Saturday.

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Posted by Tom Troceen


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