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Hurricane Jeanne hits Tampa

Northpinellas: Storm deals damaging hit to Clearwater Beach: “CLEARWATER BEACH – Winds and rain from Hurricane Jeanne battered the beach all day Sunday, tearing off roofs and uprooting trees in a storm that everyone said was worse than France”

Hurricane Jeanne hit Tampa Bay probably the hardest out of all the storms. All day Sunday the winds blew and the rain pelted the region.

The Lamsons from IN were in town and were staying at my place. We made it through Sunday without any power, water, cable or Internet loss!

The St. Pete Times sums up our feelings with this lead story: Enough already. “FOLLOWING FRANCES’ PATH: Surprising forecasters, fast-moving Jeanne leaves six dead and $4-billion in insured damage. TURN ON THE LIGHTS: Nearly a half-million people in the bay area are left without power, and traffic signals are out of service.

VERO BEACH – The toll on Florida this time: six dead, 1.1-million homes and businesses without power, at least $4-billion in insured damages and a punch-drunk state wondering how much more it can take.

Hurricane Jeanne made landfall at Hutchinson Island, about 35 miles north of West Palm Beach, right where Hurricane Frances came ashore three weeks ago – a rare deja vu that amazed experts at the National Hurricane Center.

Carrying Category 3 winds of 120 mph, Jeanne zipped across the state as if Frances had left a road map, never deviating from the earlier storm’s track by more than 10 or 15 miles until Jeanne approached the Gulf of Mexico early Sunday evening.

The Tampa Bay area, which has largely dodged Florida’s Year of Storms, got its first brush with a hurricane in 36 years when Jeanne’s weakening center sliced into northeast Hillsborough County before turning north as a tropical storm.”

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