Katrina Soaks Florida, Gains Force in Gulf

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Electric utility trucks arrive in Cutler Ridge, Fla., a Miami suburb.

Electric utility trucks arrive in Cutler Ridge, Fla., a Miami suburb, after Hurricane Katrina passed through the area. Reuters hide caption

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Hurricane Katrina gains strength in the Gulf of Mexico after drenching the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metropolitan area early Friday. Utility companies reported more than 1 million customers without power as of Friday afternoon.

The storm brought drenching rains as it crossed over the state early Friday. Meteorologists now expect Katrina to make a new landfall as a Category Three storm Monday morning in the Florida panhandle. It was rated as a Category One when it made landfall in Miami.



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