The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Charley is moving toward western Cuba as a Category Two hurricane.
Charley is now centered about 190 miles south-southeast of Havana, Cuba. Sustained winds are reported up to about 105 miles an hour, with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast, and Charley could make Category Three status before landfall in Cuba.
There's still the hurricane warning posted in the Keys from Dry Tortugas to the Seven-Mile Bridge. The warning goes up Florida's southwest coast to Bonita Bay, then becomes a hurricane watch to the Suwannee River. But forecasters say the warning area could be extended farther north this evening.
Charley is moving northwest at 17 miles an hour. A turn more to the north-northwest is expected this evening. A major concern is the six- to ten-foot storm surge tides expected along the southwest Florida coast.
Charley centered at latitude 20.4 north, longitude 81.5 west.
August 12th 3:06 PM
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