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August 16, 2004

Updates On Charley, Earl; Calif. Wildfire Destroys 20 Homes; Words From Survivor Of 2 Hurricanes While At Sea

How to help victims of Hurricane Charley: American Red Cross | FEMA | FloridaDisaster.org | How to help for Southern Florida residents | Hurricane Help Info From NBC 2, Fort Myers | School and business closings for Central Florida are in the lower left columns of the Orlando and Tampa pages

Some new stories on the trail of destruction left behind by Charley: As reported by the Boston Globe yesterday, the death toll in Florida has risen to 17 | FEMA director: Finding all Charley victims may take weeks | Charley and politics | Florida starts massive cleanup after Charley; Hurricane leaves billions in damages (includes image slideshows) | Charley slideshow | Captiva Island damage | Latest Charley stories via Google News

Tropical Storm Earl fades into a tropical wave. There is a chance that Earl may regenerate, become a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico and become a threat to Mexico or extreme-south Texas by the end of the week and weekend. According to the final National Hurricane Center’s update on Earl at 11 a.m. EDT Monday, maximum sustained winds were near 45 mph. [Last text update]. Story: Tropical Storm Earl Rakes Across Eastern Caribbean Islands Get the latest stories on Earl

In other weather news: Wildfire burns through Calif. mountain community near Redding, destroying more than 20 homes and forcing its 300 residents to evacuate. More stories

This weather tracking on the Web story includes a great quote from New York native and retired U.S. Navy officer, Don Arnold of Pascagoula, who survived two hurricanes while at sea: “I would rather face one on land since you can at least run from them.”

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