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Jeanne threatens storm-weary Florida

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(AP) - Hurricane Jeanne trekked westward Friday on a path that could lead to Florida's east coast by Sunday, setting off another round of storm preparations in a state still reeling from three earlier strikes.

Jeanne could drop up to 10 inches of rain along its path, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. It was already blamed for more than 1,100 deaths in Haiti, where it hit over the weekend as a tropical storm and caused major flooding. Parts of Florida are already waterlogged, and flooding could again be a major problem there.

Fears of flying debris and power outages sent shoppers scurrying to grocery and hardware stores for supplies that had run low before the last storms. State and federal officials geared up for another disaster response.

"I know people are frustrated, they're tired of all this," Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday. "Trust me, their governor is as well."

A hurricane watch was issued early Friday for most of the state's eastern coast, from Florida City to St. Augustine. A watch means hurricane conditions with wind of at least 74 mph are possible within 36 hours.

Jeanne could hit just over a week after Hurricane Ivan thrashed the Panhandle Sept. 16. Ivan and its predecessors, Charley and Frances, caused billions of dollars of damage and were blamed for at least 70 deaths in the state.

The only other time four hurricanes have been known to hit the same state in one season was in Texas in 1886, National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield said.

An exasperated Margaret McFarlane of Greenacres, who was without power for 12 days after Hurricane Frances, found herself back at the store to stock up on water and food.

"We've already refilled our refrigerators, gotten the debris out of the streets and it's going to happen all over again. I'm not sure how much more people can take," she said.

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The forth hurricane in just as many weeks. Absolutely insane. Everyone in florida deserves a medal.

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I'm in Florida, and right in the path of Jeanne, so if you don't hear from this weekend, you will know why thumbsup.gif

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I'm in Florida, and right in the path of Jeanne, so if you don't hear from this weekend, you will know why thumbsup.gif

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Dude, you and the rest of you, take care down there.

Speaking of Floridans(?) i haven't heard from reese for awhile.

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