As of midnight EDT, Unknowncountry correspondents in Floridawere describing Hurricane Frances as “relentless” and “hammeringus.” One reader wrote, “why won’t it move, it’s like a curse?”

While wind speeds were not catastrophic, the slow movementof the storm means that structures are being pounded hourafter hour, and damage, over time, is expected to be severe.

Most hurricanes move at 12 to 20 MPH, but by midnightFrances had slowed to 5 MPH, meaning that the wind and rainwas not letting up in south Florida. The storm has beenashore for six hours, and the worst winds will not hit untilbetween one and two AM EDT, and are expected to continue forfour to six hours thereafter.
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