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Florida Keys Damage

By: AP
By: AP

Florida Keys residents found at least 100 homes with minor flooding from Hurricane Rita's storm surge Wednesday.

But most consider themselves lucky to be largely spared from the storm that grew much stronger after swiping the island chain.

Rita's eye and most destructive weather passed south of the Keys yesterday when it was a Category Two storm. By Wednesday morning, it was a Category Four with 140-mile-an-hour top sustained winds.

It's now heading to Gulf Coast areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

If state and local officials request it, officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency can send in assessment teams to determine whether damage was extensive enough to qualify for individual disaster aid. That aid wasn't available to South Florida residents after Hurricane Katrina hit there last month because damage was light, but it was after last year's four hurricanes in the state.

On the Net:National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov


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