Power lines fell, the rain fell sideways, streets were vacated and palm trees bent as the storm brushed the coast and then moved inland. It caught many by surprise who had expected it to go farther west.

``This is a storm that could really hurt people,'' Gov. Lawton Chiles warned.

Mike Rucker, the state meteorologist, said the storm had the potential for sustained winds of 85 mph to 100 mph and gusts up to 120 mph. He said it was expected to dump up to 10 inches of rain, cause coastal flooding and spawn tornadoes.

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