From the MLB NWS office at 5:30...can't believe we still have power here...wind is much stronger here than during Charlie and we lost power then. Guess it is a matter of time.
...WIND IMPACTS... HURRICANE FRANCES IS NEARLY STATIONARY 50 MILES EAST OF PALM BEACH. GUSTS 70 TO 100 MPH HAVE BEEN REPORTED OVER INDIAN RIVER...ST. LUCIE AND MARTIN COUNTIES. TREES DOWN...SEVERE DAMAGE TO MOBILE HOMES...ROOFS OFF LARGE BUILDINGS...INCLUDING CAR DEALERSHIPS AND DEPARTMENT STORES IN THE COASTAL COMMUNITIES.
THIS EVENING STRONG RAINBANDS WILL MOVE ONSHORE ACROSS SOUTHERN BREVARD COUNTY NEAR MELBOURNE BEACH TO PALM BAY TO BLUE CYPRESS LAKE AND FORT DRUM. THESE BANDS MAY PRODUCE STRONG AND DAMAGING WINDS WITH GUSTS TO 65 TO 75 MPH. MANY REPORTS OF TREES BEING UPROOTED AND SIGNS BEING BLOWN DOWN HAVE ALSO BEEN RECEIVED. POWER POLES ALONG STATE ROUTE A-1-A NEAR SOUTH PATRICK HOUSING HAVE TOPPLED OR WERE LEANING HEAVILY. DAMAGE TO WINDOWS AND GLASS DOORS HAVE BEEN REPORTED SO FAR TO A FEW COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS ALONG A-1-A IN IN SATELLITE BEACH AND INDIAN HARBOR BEACH.
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