Hurricane Jeanne 9/24

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September 24th
There's now a hurricane watch posted for most of Florida's Atlantic coast, ahead of Hurricane Jeanne.

The watch stretches from Florida City northward to St. Augustine, including Lake Okeechobee. There's a hurricane warning for the northwestern Bahamas, with a tropical storm warning for the central Bahamas.

This morning, Jeanne is centered 315 miles east of Great Abaco Island. Movement is to the west at about eight miles an hour, with some increase in forward speed possible.

Top sustained winds are about 100 miles an hour, with some strengthening possible.

Forecasters still look for Jeanne to eventually turn more northwest, but the timing is the major question. The official forecast track brings the center of the system to the Florida coast Sunday night, close to the Fort Pierce area. The official track indicates movement would then be north, up Florida's Atlantic coast.

The entire Florida peninsula is in the larger forecast cone, along with the eastern half of the Panhandle. Forecast models vary, with some showing a path across Florida and into the northeastern Gulf by early next week. But others show it going back out into the Atlantic and up the southeastern U-S coast.

Jeanne centered at latitude 26.1 north, longitude 72.0 west.