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Sunday, September 5, 2004

The Long Night

Though I may have hinted before that Frances appeared to be wimping out, it’s still nothing to take lightly. The coastal areas all the way from Melbourne down to West Palm Beach are taking a pretty heavy beating right now. There’ve been some heavy gusts up here in the Orlando area but nothing scary—yet.

The news has been reporting some potentially tornadic cells that moved north of Deltona and out in the Leesburg area. One even threatened Apopka. Altamonte Springs, however, has fared well so far. I just peeked out the window and don’t even see any leaves or branches in the road.

What I just typed may become an “I spoke too soon” scenario. The radar is now showing a pretty intense band that looks to be getting very close to Casselberry and perhaps over here to Altamonte. If I still have power on the back end of this cell, I’ll update.

Update: Wow! Even though the eye is near stationary, the surrounding bands are spinning around at blazing speed. That squall blazed past us in just minutes. Fortunately, it didn’t seem as bad as I thought it might be, but it’s already moved on well past Apopka, firmly into Lake county. That’s booking!

» Posted by ALBj at 12:03 AM (ET)
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