Hurricane Charley

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The threat of Hurricane Charley is prompting more evacuations in Florida -- this time, in the Tampa Bay area.

Authorities will be asking about 380,000 people living in coastal or low-lying areas to move to higher ground. They won't be forcibly removing people who refuse to leave.

The development comes even as Florida's other storm threat -- Tropical Storm Bonnie -- comes ashore at the Florida Panhandle city of Apalachicola. It's bringing lighter rain and weaker winds than had been expected.

Hurricane Charley is due to cross the Florida Keys early tomorrow.

The evacuation in the Tampa area is being called the largest in the history of Pinellas County.

Shelters will open at six o'clock tonight -- but demand is expected to exceed the spaces available.

August 12th 12:11 PM


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