Florida expects Jeanne

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MIAMI (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people living on the east coast of Florida were instructed to leave their homes in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Jeanne.

Depression, which devastated Haiti last weekend, is expected in the night from Saturday to Sunday on the coast of Florida, who is about to undergo its fourth major storm since the beginning of the hurricane season.

A 03h00 GMT, the center of Hurricane Jeanne was located 220 kilometers east of the island of Great Abaco, the Bahamas, and was moving westward browsing twenty kilometers per hour.

Jeanne became hurricane after passing over Haiti, made almost 1.200 dead and many missing in this country, the poorest in America.

According to weather forecasters, Jeanne should gain power and move from the second to the third category of the Saffir-Simpson before reaching the US coast.

Florida, where 17 million people live, is still reeling from the passage of hurricanes Charley, Frances and Ivan, whose damage is calculated in billions of dollars.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the State of the southern United States has never undergone four episodes of this type in a single season since the introduction of an archiving system of the weather, in 1851.


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