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Indian River County Prepares for Hurricane Jeanne

As the storm's outer edges drop rain and kick up winds along the Atlantic coast, Hurricane Jeanne is barreling towards Florida. Three million people have been told to evacuate. Forecasters predict the storm will hit late Saturday or early Sunday.

"Hurricane Jeanne is expected to come crashing ashore right here in Florida's Indian River County somewhere between Vero Beach and Sebastian in the overnight hours," said Brian Andrews of CBS. "This will be a historic event as they have never before had a category three hurricane make landfall in this part of Florida."

Thousands of Florida residents are clearing out as Hurricane Jeanne bears down on the treasure coast.

Resident Larry Morollo said, "I'm packing up and getting out, that's it."

Despite the danger, David Winter says he and his elderly relatives are staying put.

"I can't go away and leave them here," said Winter. "They just don't want to leave."

Sheriff's deputies are blocking access onto Barrier Islands and imposing curfews in coastal communities until Jeanne passes.

"Many businesses have closed in advance of the storm," said Andrews. "It's hard to find anything open. Lines at restaurants are becoming longer with people trying to get a hot meal before Jeanne knocks out the power again."

Gov. Jeb Bush said, "Even though our resources are stretched, we are well organized to provide relief as quickly as possible."

Hurricane warnings stretch almost the entire length of Florida's east coast. Officials are concerned about residents getting tired of the drill.

"People on the Barrier Islands who think they can ride out the storm should think again," said Bush.

Unlike Frances, Jeanne is picking up strength and speed as it moves toward land. Forecasters say it's possible the storm could be a category four when it makes landfall on the Central Atlantic Coast sometime around midnight.

“Here in Indian River County the worst of it they expect will be the storm surge and coastal flooding anywhere from 8-12 feet and wind damage," said Andrews. "Many of the buildings were built before the year 2001. Different set of building codes and they are not rated for winds in excess of 100 miles an hour."


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