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NFL SPECIAL SECTION Jets' Testaverde ruptures Achilles, is out for season Steelers ruin return C. AN Police probe complaints against Princess Homes PLUS: MARINO &JJ Is this final season together for duo? LOCAL NEWS, IB REDS 11 MARLINS 5 SPORTS, 1C of Cleveland's Browns WEATHER: Chance of thunderstorms. High 91, low 77. FORECAST ON BACK PAGE OF SPORTS ie Palm Beach Post MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1999 4 76 PAGES 35 CENTS . --J .heads F d. Huge this way toy i i ol-l Wednesday -TRACKING Area shelters 8A Preparing for Floyd 9A Atla, li UMili,MJafc.V-c.... J Possible landing place: Palm Beach to Daytona FLORIDA Tuesday 0cf Longitude: 69.3TV 8 p.m. Gulf of v Mexico v West ' Palm Latitude: 23.6N Wind speed: 145 mph , Direction: W at 14 mph .: Tuesday 8 a.rrh. !, Beach 1 ) Monday T8TK -ftoydr. "We're still inside the cone of death," O'Brien said. At 11 pm, the center of the Category 4 storm was about 330 miles east of San Salvador in the central Bahamas, or about 700 miles east-southeast of West Palm Beach. It was moving toward the west near 14 mph. And it was still strengthening. Forecasters late Sunday warned that Floyd could be a Category 5 fury by late today, with winds topping 155 mph. No hurricane watches were issued late Sunday, but those could come after a 5 a.m. advisory today, O'Brien said. Seen from the windless calm of outer space, through the radar-equipped eyes of weather satellites, the gigantic storm Bahamas f BAHAMAS f iPr0l; moved in a slow, silvery swirl across the blue Atlantic, sluing just north of due westSunday evening at 14 mph, bearing down on the Bahamas with a 145-mph rush of rain-lashed air. The glow of sunset flashed briefly across the smooth curve of its eastern eyewall, seen from far above. Nearly as large as the entire state of Florida, the sheer wing-span of Floyd's cloud-wracked mass of winds and water is so wide that areas miles from the eye Hease see FLOYD, 10A O Hurricane Warning By Paul Owers and Michael Browning Palm Beach Post Staff Writers Looking like a giant silver buzzsaw, Hurricane Floyd continued its grim march across the Caribbean on Sunday evening, its screaming 145-mph winds fully as menacing as those of Hurricane Andrew, which devastated South Florida in 1992. "Everybody should be preparing," said Tricia Wallace, meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami-Dade County. "This is a very large, well-defined storm. We're projecting landfall between Palm Beach and Daytona. But hurricane-force winds extend over 100 miles from the center." Later Sunday, Bill O'Brien, director of emergency management for Palm Beach County, said forecast tracks had the storm's eye passing near Cape Canaveral. But the margin of error of those forecasts is about 250 miles, he warned. TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS ; Q Hurricane Watch CI Tropical Storm Warning CUBA v-v Latest updates, tracking maps and free e-mail advisories: www.storm99.com worn The Emmy Awards Jet's engine explodes, rains on homes vT3 -Hi VS.; J ft 'The Practice' a surprise winner over 'The Sopranos y ,r J;ii.". ,. 1 B ' ' ... ! . . ' ' - .... .. .. :... i ( tU i ; i Hi 1 : " ff7 'i : I -J-. . tj . V-Lfcdfc-iM r r gf V 't ''" Lithgow Hunt i-iii-j:::vi ; Ally McBeal John Lithgow 3rd Rock From the Sun Helen Hunt Mad About You '-A " v Franz Falco The Practice ii tf Wl TifiBr i fit Dennis Franz NYPD Blue E JEAN HART HOWARDStaff Photographer Residents check the debris at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and El Vedado after being awakened early Sunday by falling parts of the jet's engine. Edie Falco The Sopranos Story inside, page 2A Injuries minor as pilot returns jet to runway 'ffftff Inside . ..-. i a r l f I've never been so terrified or felt so close to death.' JARRA GOULD Passenger East Timor force U.N. peacekeepers approved, U.S. will join in. STORY, 3A U.S. Open Andre Agassi takes men's title, Williams sisters win doubles. STORY, 1C -Vf ! , Houses, cars pelted with pieces By Bill Douthat Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH People accustomed to living beneath the deafening roar of jetliners awoke Sunday to a new and more threatening menace: airplane parts raining down on their homes, yards and automobiles. Hundreds of pieces of debris from an engine explosion aboard Continental Airlines' Flight 1933 pelted the five blocks of homes under its flight path. Residents who joke that they never hear punchlines on IV sitcoms because of airliners screaming overhead didn't find much to laugh at Sunday. "Any one of those pieces could have hurt someone," said William Allen, whose home and camper truck, at 2A 2A 9C 4D 5D IOC LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES THEATERS TV LISTINGS WEATHER ANN & ABBY 2D CLASSIFIEDS 5B COMICS 6D DEATHS 4B EDITORIALS 16A HOROSCOPE 2D CROSSWORDS LANNIS WATERSStaff Photographer Officials look at the damaged engine on Continental Flight 1933 after it was safely returned to the airport. None of the passengers or crew was injured. By A. Scharnhorst and Dan Moffett Palm Beach Post Staff Writers WEST PALM BEACH Jar-ra Gould had armed herself with a book and settled into window seat 20A for a three-hour flight to Houston Sunday morning when she saw a strange orange light coming from one of the plane's jet engines. Seconds later, hunks of torn metal flew by her window. "I've never been so terrified or felt so close to death," said the Houston resident after her flight returned safely to Palm Beach International Airport. The pilot managed to maneuver the Boeing 737 back to the runway after the engine exploded, scattering shrapnel through a West Palm Beach neighborhood. None of the 84 passengers and five Continental Airlines crew members was hurt. On the ground, people reported only minor injuries, most from scrambling away from what they thought were gunshots but really were falling engine pieces ranging in size from 200 pounds SECTIONS B, D to a dime. Continental Flight 1933 took off on time, at 7 a.m., and was climbing steadily to the east when the engine caught fire and blew apart, officials said. Federal investigators were on the scene Sunday, but said they would be unable to determine a cause for weeks. Initial reports from the airport control tower and fire-rescue workers, however, indicated that a bird was to blame. "At that time in the morning, the black crows and seagulls head over to the dump on 45th Hease see PLANE, 12A t v. ?:f PALM BEACH Weather, 'V INTERACTIVE news, sports tvww.CoPBl.com and views FOR HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 820-4663 1-800-654-1231 thought someone was shooting out my windows!" Leon's daughter, Zaida Leon, was on the phone to Cuba when the noise began. "I said, 'Oh my! I think Fidel Castro is coming to get us!' " Nearby, Erlinda Chamor-ro said she was washing her the corner of El Vedado and Lake Avenue, were showered with metal from the airliner. A big chunk dented his truck's roof and cracked the windshield. "I was very nervous," said Modesta Leon, who was in her house at Lake Avenue and Hillcrest Boulevard when the engine blew. "I Copyright 1999 Palm Beach Post Vol. 91 No. 151 6 sections Hease see DEBRIS, 12A 280A1"100iyj'i If'