September 6th 12:24PM
At least four deaths in Florida are now linked to Tropical Storm Frances, which is threatening to become a hurricane again before striking the Florida Panhandle later today.
About six (m) million people are without power.
State officials are urging Floridians to stay where they are. They say there's the possibility of more flooding -- and that motorists will have trouble finding service stations that are operating.
A state official who oversees the insurance industry says it appears that the damage from Frances is about "a couple of billion dollars." Last month, Hurricane Charley caused an estimated seven and a-half (b) billion dollars in insured damage.
Evacuations are under way in four Panhandle counties.
The storm is moving to the northwest in the Gulf of Mexico, with maximum sustained winds near 65 miles an hour.