A much-more-powerful Hurricane Charley is taking aim on Florida's west coast.
Forecasters say it's gained considerable strength today -- and it's now a Category Four storm, with winds of 145 miles-an-hour.
Its projected path has moved a bit to the south. It's now expected to come ashore closer to the Sarasota area -- rather than the more-heavily-populated Tampa Bay area.
State officials had urged nearly two (m) million people in that area to flee.
They expect a massive storm surge that could devastate coastal and low-lying areas in Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Tampa and St. Petersburg.
The outer bands of the storm are already dropping rain on southwestern Florida.
Earlier, the storm had brought occasionally heavy rain and wind to the lower Keys -- where only minor damage is reported.
August 13th 1:05 PM