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8/13/04

Hurricane Charley Bears Down On Florida Coast

Tampa, Fla. (AP) _ Tampa's streets are mostly deserted as Hurricane Charley closes on Florida's Gulf Coast. The state has urged nearly two (m) million people to head for shelter before the strengthening storm hits shore. The National Weather Service says Charley will severely damage "the majority" of mobile homes where it makes landfall. An advisory from the service also says "much of the glass in high-rise buildings" will be shattered. Forecasters say the hurricane has 110 mile-per-hour wind and will likely be stronger when it hits the Tampa Bay area later today. Forecasters say Charley will dump heavy rain and possibly produce tornadoes. Tropical storm watches and warnings extend from the middle keys to Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. The state's major theme parks either didn't open today or made plans to close early.
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