IC: Hurricane Slams Florida

Hurricane Katrina strikes Florida between Hallandale Beach and North Miami Beach as a Category 1 hurricane with 130 km/h winds.

(MIAMI, AP) - Hurricane Katrina dumped sheets of rain, kicked up the surf and blew strong winds of more than 90 mph ashore Thursday evening around 7pm. Sand was driven across waterfront streets as the hurricane made landfall on Florida's densely populated southeast. The forceful gusts were enough to topple trees in many areas, killing two.
About 400,000 homes and businesses went dark when the power was lost due to downed lines. Ft. Lauderdale hospital had to transport patients to other facilities because of the power outages. Scores of traffic signals went out, and streets in several flood-prone areas were already under water.

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