Hurricane Jeanne Developments
The Associated Press
Sep. 27, 2004
Developments associated with Hurricane Jeanne:
_ After slicing across Florida and killing at least six people, Jeanne was downgraded to a tropical storm and spun north into Georgia on Monday. It was expected to weaken into a tropical depression and move over the Carolinas through Tuesday.
_ About 2.6 million homes and businesses were without power.
_ President Bush declared a major disaster area, while the Federal Emergency Management Agency responded with the largest relief effort in its history.
_ 2 million people were given mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders ahead of the storm, and more than 59,000 stayed in shelters.
_ Flight schedules were interrupted and authorities closed selected roads and bridges and shut down port operations.
_ More than 3,600 National Guard troops were deployed throughout the state.
_ About 20,000 customers were without power.
_ About 50 homes were evacuated and 760 people stayed in 24 Red Cross shelters.
_ Flooding from Jeanne killed at least 1,500 people in Haiti. At least 900 people remained missing, most of them in the city of Gonaives, and are presumed dead.
_ An estimated 300,000 people were homeless.
_ Relief agencies were working around the clock to get tons of food to victims, even using donkeys and mules to get past mudslides.
_ About 600 U.N. peacekeepers were in the hard-hit city of Gonaives, with more from Uruguay on the way.
_ Jeanne killed 24 people in the Dominican Republic and seven in Puerto Rico, and left some neighborhoods under 6 feet of water in the Bahamas.