Hurricane Katrina Spares The Bahamas, Slams Florida

Hardbeatnews, MIAMI, FL, Fri. Aug. 26, 2005: Tropical Storm Katrina became Hurricane Katrina last night, touching down between Hallandale Beach and North Miami Beach at around 6:30 p.m. and leaving two dead.

Initial reports out of South Florida, indicate that two men were killed in Broward County by falling trees. One, according to the Miami Herald, was struck outside his home in Plantation and another died when a large tree fell on a vehicle carrying three people in Fort Lauderdale. Broward County is home to a large number of Caribbean nationals.

But the storm, apart from flooding in parts of Nassau in the Bahamas, largely spared the island it’s wrath. According to Associated Press reports, Katrina left some Nassau streets under 3 feet of water while flooding was also reported in the islands of Abaco, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama.

Last night, forecasters at the Miami-based, National Hurricane Center, said the hurricane, a category one on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, was moving southwestward across Miami-Dade County and stressed that a hurricane warning remained in effect for the southeast Florida coast, from Jupiter Inlet southward to Florida City, including Lake Okeechobee.

More than 380,000 customers of Florida Power & Light lost power, the Herald reported while the Fort Lauderdale Airport was closed at 7 p.m. last night.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for all the Florida Keys and Florida Bay from Key West northward and along the Gulf Coast of Florida from Longboat Key south and eastward to south of Florida City.

At 11 pm last night, the eye of Hurricane Katrina was located about 35 miles southwest of Miami, Florida or 20 miles northwest of the city of Homestead.

She was moving toward the southwest near 8 mph and this motion is expected to continue before she moves over the Gulf Of Mexico Friday morning.

Hotel MTV, which has essentially set to take over the city’s Surfcomber Hotel in grand fashion, in a build up to Sunday’s Video Music Awards, were forced to close down because of the storm.

Hotel MTV cancelled all their functions for yesterday and today. –