British Columbia, Canada
I have been watching as I am so concerned about all our Florida friends down there. Sharon (PoetdeVine) told me her employer had a special building that her and her family can go to if necessary, so I am hoping she headed there because I can't get a answer on the phone.
I took this from B.C. Tel today, as it's hard to find what is going on up here in Canada, and it is sure a worry about friends down there.
Traffic in the north bound lanes of Interstate 275 on the Howard Franklin Bridge is bumper-to-bumper, Thursday. (AP/St. Petersburg Times, Dirk Shadd)
2 million warned off west Florida coast as storm approaches
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Hurricane Charley zeroed in on Florida's west coast Friday as a major Category 3 storm packing 200 kilometres per hour winds. State officials urged almost two million tourists and residents to evacuate as this city's downtown and neighbouring areas could be submerged under water pushing ashore.
Charley strengthened to a major hurricane with winds estimated at 200 km/h at its core, said Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The projected track moved slightly to the south, indicating the eye could hit in the Sarasota-Charlotte county area, south of the more heavily populated Tampa Bay area, meteorologist Daniel Brown said.
Gov. Jeb Bush urged residents who hadn't left home yet to stay put.
"This is not the time to be getting on the Interstate. It is time to seek a safe place to be with family and friends inside of your region," Bush said.
Let's all just pray in whatever fashion we can that all will be okay.
For the life of me, I still can't figure out why they build cities where natural disasters occur, I truly can't? Why?