Florida expects Jeanne

MIAMI (Reuters) - Several hundred thousand people living on the east coast of Florida have been told to leave their homes in anticipation of the arrival of Storm Jeanne.

The depression, which devastated Haiti last weekend, is expected overnight from Saturday to Sunday on the coast of Florida, which is about to suffer its fourth major storm since the start of the hurricane season.

At 03 GMT, the center of storm Jeanne was located 00 kilometers east of Grand Abaco Island, in the Bahamas, and was moving westward at about twenty kilometers per hour.

Jeanne, who became a hurricane after her passage over Haiti, left nearly 1.200 dead and as many missing in this country, the poorest in America.

According to weather forecasters, Jeanne is expected to gain strength and move from second to third category on the Saffir-Simpson scale before reaching the American coast.

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Florida, home to 17 million people, is still reeling from Hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan, whose material damage has been calculated in the billions of dollars.

According to the National Hurricane Center, this southern state in the United States has never experienced four such episodes in a single season since the introduction of a weather recording system in 1851.

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