Quote: The winds in Tampa barely reached 40 mph from Frances by the time it got there from the east coast.
Frances actually held together quite well over the peninsula for such a slow moving system...probably due to its large size. My location in Pinellas County received 55mph gusts from Frances. What most people missed (and was under-reported by the media) was the onshore SW winds when Frances entered the GOM. I recorded a wind gust of 70mph at Madeira Beach along the Pinellas County coastline with a hand-held anemometer.
Jeanne is a faster moving system than Frances. As a result, if it does traverse the peninsula, it will maintain a higher intensity farther inland than Frances did. This will especially be true if Jeanne landfalls as a stronger storm than Frances. If Frances moves farther south than the current official track, the Tampa Bay area could receive even worse conditions than it did from Frances.
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