The fourth hurricane to hit Florida in six weeks, the center of Jeanne made landfall near the southern end of Hutchinson Island, according to the National Hurricane Center in its advisory around midnight.
The area is close to where hurricane Frances came ashore on September 5.
Jeanne, with sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph), was expected to move across northern Florida on Sunday.
The storm was moving north of west with winds near 13 mph, and a gradual turn toward the northwest was expected in the next 24 hours.
A hurricane warning has been issued for most of the state's eastern coast, from Florida City north to St. Augustine. A hurricane watch extends north from St. Augustine to Altamaha Sound, Georgia in what is now becoming a familiar drill for Floridians.
Millions of Floridians evacuated their homes, but many residents chose to stay put. There were 4,000 people in shelters in Brevard County, less than the number present for Hurricane Frances, a spokesman for the emergency operations center said.
In the West Palm Beach area, there were shelter spots for 27,000 people, but only 11,000 had evacuated by mid-afternoon.
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I already had this feeling it would strengthen before it hit Haiti. It still will, and New York will feel it's effects. I also think another Hurricane has yet to come, which would make 6--Francis, Charley, Ivan, Jeanne, Carl and ???.
Edited by Blue-Scorpion, 26 September 2004 - 06:45 AM.