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September 14, 1999

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R1E FLOYD: How to prepare, pages 10A-14A eacii Jrost i ne rami . TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 FINAL EDITION 52 PAGES 50 CENTS , trhckinc Latitude: 24.5"N Direction: WHW at 14 mph 1 Longitude: 74.71V Wind speed: 153 ntph , WINDS OH5mph 114-74 mph I 1 73-39 mph Ac ftf 1 1 n m - RrtMirl wmm m em CAROLINA f . GEORGIA i faTl Wednesday . V Jacksonville i FLORIDA- i Wednesday S 4 I 8 a-m- .O. Orlando 4 to , - : cuif of ; t'-( ) Miami T . SOUTH V CAROLINA II If ii II w LTU r 3 ru I '! 1 " " -Trirrsj; Xrr ""J' motto : j -BAHAMAS ' 11 P-1 LTU Atlantic Ocean -F Projected position of Hurricane Floyd 8 p.m. today today 8 a.m. .ft 41 4 .-. 4- -4 f CTZ3 5 ! U When will we feel the strong winds? Tropical Storm force winds could begin in Palm Beach County before noon today. Hurricane force winds could start late this afternoon. Schools closed Schools are closed today and Wednesday in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Garbage pickup, closings, 13A Mandatory evacuations on map below. Airports closing a Witham Field, in Martin County, is closed, but Palm Beach International Airport will stay open until we start to feel 70 mph winds. B Miami and Fort Lauderdale International airports are expected to suspend flights at 9 a.m. today. B PalmTran and Tri-Rail are suspending service today. Some stores open B Winn-Dixie, Publix and Albertsons stores did not say how long they'd open today. B The Home De'pot had planned to open at normal hours and has not indicated when it would close. Lowe's Cos. said its two local stores in Jensen Beach and Fort Pierce will stay open around the clock until further notice. Story, 12A Election postponed Today's special District 82 Republican primary has been postponed. Gov. Jeb Bush has rescheduled it for next Tuesday. Story, IB Should you go? B Hotel rooms are booked across the state, but there was on mad dash for flights out of PBIA. B Late Monday, traffic on 1-75 and Alligator Alley between Southeast Florida and Naples was at a crawl. If you stay Complete list of shelters, 10A County emergency numbers PALM BEACH: (561) 712-6400 MARTIN: (561) 287-1652 ST. LUCIE: (561) 461-5201 OKEECHOBEE: (561) 763-3212 Red Cross emergency numbers PALM BEACH: (561) 833-7711 MARTIN: ST. LUCIE: (561) 287-2002 (561) 461-3950 PALM BEACH: (561) 763-2488 Is your home in the path of potential storm surge? Maps available at GoPBI.comweatherlocalstorm.html A satellite image recorded at 8:30 p.m. Monday shows the enormity of Hurricane Floyd as the eye approaches the Bahamas. 'A ' ' f NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTERAssociated 0 "J . 1.. ''V Evacuees find state lodging scarce Vero Time to get out! Indian Beach river nk People on barrier People on barrier islands, in mobile homes COUNTY d By Mary McLachlin Palm Beach Post Staff Writer WEST PALM BEACH Hurricane Floyd, a loaded supertanker of a storm, didn't brake and turn as forecasters had thought it would Monday. Instead, Floyd bore relentlessly across the Caribbean on a mostly westward course, swelling into a near Category 5 hurricane, striking fear throughout the Bahamas and sending tens of thousands fleeing inland. Evacuations were ordered all along Florida's threatened Atlantic coastline, including coastal areas of Palm Beach, Martin and St Lucie counties. At 11 p.m., the eye of Hurricane Floyd was at 24.5 degrees north and 74.7 degrees west, about 360 miles east-southeast of Miami. The storm's highest winds were 155 mph. Hurricane-force winds extended outward 90 miles west of the center, and tropical storm force winds of 40 mph or more extended outward 200 miles to the west, making it one of the biggest and most powerful storms ever to threaten the U.S. mainland. The National Weather Service predicted rain squalls with winds of 40-50 mph would hit Palm Beach County by noon, with hurricane-force winds of more than 75 mph by late afternoon and Please see FLOYD, 13A Press scheduled for this morning. Palm Beach International Airport was to remain open until winds reach a sustained 70 mph, Waters said. "Below that, it's the decision of individual airlines whether to fly or not I would tell passengers to call their airline or travel agent to check the status of their particular flight," she said. United Airlines, American Airlines and US Airways canceled all flights into and out of South Florida Monday Please see EVACUEES, 12A Justice had the facts Records show the Justices-Department had informa-, tion on the use of com- - f bustibles in Waco. STORY, 3A . ., ,,,,,.,... , i, jm.ii.jniiuiiiu..i ' L ;i '(.''' p.-. .ff. .-.a- WiHi ;hmnt. jrjjj - Vv ancl in flood-prone areas H4- ' must evacuate. '''xT') A B Some of these cities eeA'!i?rt are evacuating areas - 0v,eeT v j x west of the Intra-j! rr ' coastal Waterway. ST. LUCIE li W COUNTY ll, EH Details, - Point s Stuart MARTIN COUNTY ""l Mandatory , 4 evacuation IV j n West Florida hotels are full while Orlando fills fast, so air travel past Atlanta may be best for fleeing coast. ByTim 0'Meilia Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Palm Beach and Treasure Coast residents were ordered from their coastal homes as early as Monday afternoon, but there were few places, aside from shelters, to run. And late Monday night, traffic on 1-75 and Alligator Alley between the South Florida coast and Naples had slowed to a crawl, backing up for miles as residents alarmed by the storm's steady, ominous approach finally decided to flee, only to discover that thousands of others had the same idea. Even if you got out, it was difficult to find a safe haven. Hotels on Florida's west coast were near capacity. "We're sold out for the next two nights," said Millie Pagan, a guest services representative for the Holiday Inn in downtown Fort Myers, on Florida's west coast. "In fact, from Naples to far north of here there's no rooms. Everyone's coming from the east coast," she said. Accommodations in Orlando were filling up quickly. By 3 p.m. only 16,000 of the 91,000 rooms in greater Orlando were vacant and the OrlandoOrange County Convention and Visitors Bu- CHRIS MATULAStaff Photographef Manalapan police officer Jan Hansen (right) questions motorists seeking to cross the bridge onto the island during Monday night's evacuation. ' ; 13A Miami wins opener The Dolphins defeat the defending Super Bowl-champion Broncos in Denver 38-21. SPORTS, 1C reau said calls for reservations were increasing. "If you're flying to Atlanta, you can't get a car," said Marianna Solo, a travel agent with Sunrise Travel in West Palm Beach. She said business was brisk, because of customers wanting to fly out and those canceling reservations. But there was no mad dash for flights out of town, said Delta Air lines spokeswoman Kay Horner. Continental said bookings were about average. Delta canceled a flight out of Nassau t jupiter V nA nl..J E ' rurt pivu.v s PALM BEACH COUNTY Riviera Beach 2 (mj Southern Blvd. Wellington 2 West Palm " Palm ' Beach Beach , Lake Worth Rd. , I J Boynton 1441J Beach Delray Beach Atlantic Aye. Glades Rd.fa j jr Baton , LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV LISTINGS WEATHER 2A 2A 7C 7B 40 SO 16C SECTIONS C,D ANN & ABBY 2D BUSINESS 6B CLASSIFIEDS 8C COMICS 6D DEATHS 4B EDITORIALS 16A HOROSCOPE 20 CR0SSW0RQS Body identified New York officials say the woman found dead in a barrel was Howard Elkins' mistress. IN LOCAL Attorney cleared The school board decides Cynthia Prettyman never meant to hurt anyone and can return to work. IN LOCAL J Copyright 1999 Palm Beach Post Vol. 91 No. 152 4 sections 280A1il1OO00l

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