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9/21/2007

Tropical Storm Warnings Issued For Gulf Coast

Breaking Storm News
Gulf of Mexico
Tropical storm warnings were issued for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast on Thursday as hurricane forecasters said a low-pressure system that cross the Florida peninsula on Thursday developed into a subtropical depression in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

The tropical storm warning extends from Apalachicola west to the mouth of the Mississippi River, including New Orleans.The system could intensify into Tropical Storm Jerry before impacting the central Gulf Coast late Friday or early Saturday.A band of severe weather spinning off this systems prompted tornado watches and warnings Thursday night and Friday morning.

Projected Path of Storm

Just before midnight, a tornado damaged up to 50 home in the Central Florida town of Eustis.Flooding rains and some downed trees caused problems before dawn across northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. Winds knocked out power to thousands of homes overnight and the Florida Highway Patrol said a tractor-trailer heading north on Interstate 95 toward Jacksonville about 3:45 a.m. Friday was blown over by a gust of wind.

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A tornado with winds up to 105 mph destroyed 20 homes and seriously damaged 30 more in Eustis, Fla. (WKMG/Local6.com)

Florida Tornado Strike 50 Homes
(CBS/AP) Severe weather, including a confirmed tornado, damaged about 50 homes in central Florida before the system became a subtropical depression Friday and had parts of the Gulf Coast under tropical storm warnings.

The EF-1 tornado struck Eustis with maximum winds estimated near 105 mph.


HURRICANE WATCH
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Baja, California on Guard for Hurricane Ivo
(CBS/AP) Hurricane experts say Ivo's path is hard to predict - some indicators suggest it could dissipate while still at sea - others suggest it could hit Baja California as soon as Sunday.

Hurricane Ivo picked up some speed late Thursday as it curved toward Mexico's Pacific coast on path that could take it near Baja Califorina's resorts over the weekend.
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