Hurricane Charley

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Charley strengthened into a hurricane today. The eye is about 90 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica.

It's moving toward the west-northwest at 18 miles per hour. Forecasters say it could hit the Florida Keys Friday, but the eye's
landfall is expected between Tampa and Naples.

The hurricane has top sustained winds of 75 miles an hour and are expected to get stronger.

Emergency officials are ordering visitors to evacuate part of the Florida Keys.

Charley prompted a hurricane watch for the middle and lower Keys from Dry Tortugas to Craig Key, an area that includes Key West. The watch means hurricane conditions are possible within 36 hours. A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 74 miles-per-hour.

Monroe County emergency officials are recommending that visitors
evacuate the part of the 100-mile-long island chain under the watch. Residents are not being told to leave.

Governor Jeb Bush activated the Florida National Guard today. He declared a state of emergency statewide. He said more areas may need to be evacuated.

This afternoon Charley center near 16.6 north latitude, 76.8 west longitude.

August 11th