Hurricane Katrina slams California

Hurricane Katrina brought more heavy rain and strong winds Friday to South Florida, where at least four people died.

The slow-moving Category One hurricane struck the South Florida coast between Hallandale Beach and Sunny Isles Beach Thursday before dipping unexpectedly into Miami-Dade County, pounding the area with fierce squalls and gusts up to 90 mph. About 1.4 million residents were without electricity.

Katrina killed at least four people in Broward County, three struck by falling trees and one involved in a traffic accident. The storm also collapsed an overpass under construction in West Miami-Dade, the Miami Herald said.

Public schools are closed Friday in Broward, Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys. Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were out of service, reported M&C.

Four people were killed and 1.3 million customers were left without power. The hurricane flooded streets, darkened homes and felled trees with wind gusts reaching 92 mph. early Friday.

Weather officials said flooding was the main concern as the storm dropped up to 15 inches on parts of Miami-Dade County. Katrina's plodding pace meant that strong wind and heavy rain would continue to plague throughout the day, according to the AP.

As said earlier this day, a hurricane warning was issued for the southeast Florida coast from Jupiter Inlet south to Florida City, as well as inland Lake Okeechobee. A tropical storm warning was issued for all the Florida Keys, from Florida City around the peninsula to Longboat Key on the west coast, and from Jupiter Inlet north to Vero Beach on the east coast.

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