Hurricane Charley Update

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Reports are starting to come in from Hurricane Charley's passage over Cuba, where wind gusts of 124 miles an hour were reported.

Charley is starting to inundate the Florida Keys on its path north. Rain bands from the system are over south and southwest Florida, and the storms will continue to push north throughout the day.

A hurricane warning runs from Dry Tortugas to the Seven-Mile Bridge, then up the west coast of Florida to the Steinhatchee River. There's a tropical storm warning from Coach Beach northwardto Altamaha Sound, Georgia. A tropical storm watch goes south of Cocoa Beach and north of Altamaha Sound to Cape Fear, North Carolina.

Charley is now centered about 75 miles west-southwest of Key West. Movement remains to the north-northwest at 18 miles an hour, with a turn to the north expected later today.

Top sustained winds are near 110 miles an hour with higher gusts. Forecasters look for continued strengthening to a Category Three major hurricane later today.

The big concern is the storm surge as Charley moves off Florida's west coast. Forecasters say it could be as much as ten to 13 feet near and south of where the center makes landfall.

Charley centered at latitude 24.3 north, longitude 82.9 west.

August 13th