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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 48

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BMCARIE FLOYD: How to prepare, pages 10A-14A 1 iie Jralm JDeacfi rost TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 4 52 PAGES 35 CENTS tracking Latitude: 24.5'N Direction: WNW at 14 mph ITffifi'STflj'ffl""! Longitude: 74.7W Wind speed: 155 mph . ai WINDS ED 115 mph 114-74 mph I 1 73-39 mph FTTI As of 11 p.nn Monday NORTH CAROLINA JP) I SOUTH JT V. CAROLINA ManUc V a y Ocean , GEORGIA ( r v Wednesday ( JJ I I 8 p.m. rill i I 1 kl H 1 I jacnsonviue w , p r - - LLBuM 1 X - , Vl-LUHIUA I Wednesday 8 a.m. 1 V xJ J 1 J t-jV w y V xJ J I j II Projected position of Hurricane Floyd 8 p.m. today I Orlando , , i Mexico West Palm 1 'X ' ' 1 1 ' Dr-h ' '''' V1 S ' Beach r V' foday 8 a.m. Miami If BAHAMAS V pJ-1 11 p.m JL V1L 00 7 V n if I: By Dani Davies and Lady Hereford Palm Beach Post Staff Writers Treasure Coast emergency officials began evacuating residents Monday afternoon as they prepared for the effects of Hurricane Floyd a monstrous storm that could touch Florida earlier than expected. St. Lucie County officials wasted no time calling for an evacuation of barrier islands, low-lying areas and mobile homes by 6 p.m. Monday. Fort Pierce police issued "disaster reentry passes" to Hutchinson Island residents with proper identification. "We've moved up the evacuation because the storm is moving more rapidly than expected," Public Safety Director Jack Southard said. "Originally we thought it (the evacuation) would be (this) morning." '. "If you live in an area that normally floods after heavy rains,-this evacuation order means you," said Sonya Smith, public information officer at the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center. Tropical storm-force winds are expected here by late this morning and could increase to hurricane strength later in the day, Southard said. All along the Florida coast, more than 1 million people were told to evacuate, and NASA all but Please see TREASURE COAST, 13A 4. I .'J 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 Witham Field, in Martin County, is closed, but Palm Beach International Airport will stay open until we start to feel 70 mph winds. 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 Depot 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 put 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 NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTERAssociated Press A satellite image recorded at 8:30 p.m. Monday shows the enormity of Hurricane Floyd as the eye approaches the Bahamas. Time to get out! Evacuees find state lodging scarce Vero 1 INDIAN Beach . RIVER ffi COUNTY People on barrier islands, in mobile homes and in flood-prone areas must evacuate. ',95; I! x 0 9.6- Fort . Pierce joe. Some of these cities are evacuating areas west of the Intra-coastal Waterway. Details, 13A 7 A i3 VJ- ST. LUCIE COUNTY ; f-J.i V SI Sewallt - Point , Stuart 1,95' MARTIN COUNTY 1 ii ' Mandatory evacuation (P ? ltr L: Indiantown Rd. Jupiter West Florida hotels are full while Orlando fills fast, so air travel past Atlanta may be best for fleeing coast. ByTim O'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- PGA Blvd. CHRIS MATULAStaff Photographer Manalapan police officer Jan Hansen (right) questions motorists seeking to cross the bridge onto the island during Monday night's evacuation. PALM BEACH COUNTY Riviera Beach 2 9b 2 West Palm Palm Beach Beach : Southern Blvd. ' Wellington 00)- 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 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 Lake Worth Rd. M . J - i ; ' ! ii J '4 '441' Boynton , I. Beach ' 'Delray Atlantic Ave. , Beach ! , 1 111 1 H Glades Rd. J008 I . Raton ! MARTIN: ST. LUCIE: PALM BEACH: (561) 287-2002 (561) 461-3950 (561) 763-2488 Is your home in the path of potential storm surge? Maps available at GoPBI.comweatherlocalstonn.html 2A 2A 7C 7B 40 50 16C LOTTERY PEOPLE SCORES STOCKS THEATERS TV LISTINGS WEATHER ANN & ABBY 2D BUSINESS 6B CLASSIFIEDS 8C COMICS 60 DEATHS 4B EDITORIALS 16A HOROSCOPE 2D CROSSWORDS Attorney cleared The Palm Beach County School Board decides Cynthia Prettyman did not threaten board members. IN LOCAL Body identified New York officials say the woman found dead in a barrel was Howard Elkins' mistress. IN LOCAL Justice had the facts Records show the Justice Department had informa- tion on the use of com-. . bustibles in Waco. 3A Miami wins opener The Dolphins defeat the defending Super Bowl-champion Broncos in Denver 38-21. SPORTS, 1C Copyright 1999 Palm Beach Post Vol. 91 No. 152 4tectiora hi '(Krioooo1 SECTIONS C,D

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