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Frances Plows Ashore in Panhandle

September 6, 2004

PANACEA, Fla. (AP) _ Tropical Storm Frances plowed ashore on the Florida Panhandle on Monday, its second landfall after spreading a trail of flooding and torn rooftops across the center of the state. About 6 million people lost power and at least four people were killed.

After crossing part of the Gulf of Mexico, Frances’ center hit land at about 2 p.m. some 20 miles south of Tallahassee with top sustained wind near 65 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm was moving north-northwest at about 8 mph, and was not expected to regain hurricane strength, forecasters said.

As northern Florida residents dealt with Frances, residents in hard-hit areas began the arduous task of cleaning up.

More than 13 inches of rain had fallen along Florida’s central east coast, flooding some areas 4 feet deep, before Frances finished crossing the state and entered the Gulf of Mexico late Sunday.

In its wake, boats and mobile homes were mangled, and trees and power lines had been toppled.

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