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'Extremely dangerous' Hurricane Floyd heads for Bahamas, Florida

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FLOYD INFORMATION:
8 p.m. EDT Sunday

POSITION:
23.5 N, 68.7 W -- 370 miles (595 km) east of San Salvador in the Central Bahamas
MOVEMENT:
Just north of due west near 14 mph (22 km/h)
WIND SPEED:
145 mph (235 km/h) maximum sustained winds
HURRICANE WATCH:
Northwest Bahamas, including Andros, Bimini Eleuthera, Grand Bahama and New Providence islands, and the Abaco and Berry island chains.
HURRICANE WARNING:
Central Bahamas, including Cat, Rum Cay, Long and San Salvador islands and the Exumas Islands.
TROPICAL STORM WARNING:
Turks and Caicos Islands, southeastern Bahamas
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Powerful storm could reach Florida early Wednesday

September 12, 1999
Web posted at: 9:34 p.m. EDT (0134 GMT)

MIAMI (CNN) -- Hurricane Floyd picked up considerable steam Sunday, becoming a Category 4 storm that the National Weather Service calls "extremely dangerous."

By 8 p.m. EDT, the maximum sustained winds in the storm had reached 145 mph (235 km/h) -- 25 mph (40 km/h) stronger than they were just six hours earlier.

The government of the Bahamas issued a hurricane warning for its central islands Sunday evening, which means that hurricane conditions are expected to occur within 24 hours. The warning covers Cat, Long, Rum Cay and San Salvador islands and the Exumas Islands.

U.S. forecasters are urging residents of the southeastern United States to pay close attention to the progress of Floyd, which storm models show could arrive on the Atlantic coast of Florida by Wednesday morning.

"Our official track brings it to the central part (of Florida), but nobody in the east coast of Florida is out of the woods yet. It's too early still," said National Hurricane Center meteorologist Daniel Brown.

Floyd is a Category 4 hurricane, on a scale where Category 1 is the least severe and Category 5 the most catastrophic. That means the storm is capable of causing extreme damage.

The storm was moving just north of due west at 14 mph (22 km/hr), up from 12 mph (19 km/h) earlier in the day.

The hurricane is headed over warm waters, which forecasters fear might cause it to strengthen.

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew "intensified very rapidly over the same water conditions," said National Hurricane Center meteorologist Todd Kimberlain. "But these conditions are the same in many hurricane seasons. It just depends if a hurricane goes over them and feeds off it."

A hurricane watch has been issued for the northwest Bahamas, and the National Weather Service says a hurricane watch may be issued for a portion of the eastern coast of Florida late Sunday or early Monday.

The Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas are under a tropical storm watch.

As of 8 p.m. EDT, the center of the storm was about 370 miles (595 km) east of San Salvador. But hurricane-force winds extended 115 miles (185 km) from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extended 290 miles (465 km.)


Miami Bureau Chief John Zarrella contributed to this report.


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