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Developments With Hurricane Charley

August 13, 2004

Developments associated with Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley:

_ All of the west coast of Florida’s peninsula was under a hurricane warning, as well as the lower Florida Keys. Tropical storm watches and warnings extended from the middle Keys to Cape Fear, N.C.

_ Tampa International Airport is expected to stop flights at noon Friday. Flights from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport are scheduled to take off through early Friday afternoon.

_ Amtrak suspended train service between New York City and Miami for Friday. Amtrak’s Auto Train that operates between Lorton, Va. and Sanford, Fla., is also canceled Friday.

_ Parts of central North Carolina were expected to get up to 3 inches of rain by Friday morning from fragments of Tropical Storm Bonnie. Flash flood warnings were in place for much of the state. Forecasters warned that Charley may dump an additional 4 to 8 inches of rain on parts of the state once it arrived during the day on Saturday.

_ In South Carolina, Charley’s northward trek could mean more hassles during construction of the most expensive bridge ever built in the state. The $632 million cable-stayed Ravenel Bridge is taking shape above the Cooper River, but Tropical Storm Bonnie has already created problems. Crews spent Thursday battening down in preparation for Charley.

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Source: The Associated Press, state officials.

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