Forecasters say Hurricane Katrina likely will get stronger and perhaps make a second landfall in the Florida Panhandle early next week.
The storm could bring rain to Alabama by then.
Katrina flooded streets, darkened homes and toppled trees early today as it plowed through south Florida and emerged over the Gulf of Mexico.
Four people have been killed, a family of five is missing at sea and more than one (m) million customers are without power.
Weather officials say flooding is the main concern as the storm dropped between five and eleven-point-five inches of rain across Miami-Dade County.
Katrina is the eleventh named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June first. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says that's seven more than typically have formed by now in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The season ends November 30th.
On the Net: National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov