Floridians keep close watch on Tropical Storm Gamma

November 20, 2005|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

MIAMI -- South Floridians nervously - and possibly needlessly - filled fuel tanks yesterday, stocked groceries and tied down blue tarps as they monitored Tropical Storm Gamma.

This time, though, the awful hurricane season delivered sunny news:

With a little bit of luck, nearly all of Gamma's weather will bypass South Florida, a region still recovering from Hurricane Wilma, which hit less than four weeks ago.

Forecasters said residents still faced the threat of rain and tarp-flapping gusts today and especially tomorrow, as a cold front approaches the area. However, that's a lot better than a tropical storm or a hurricane that plunges millions into darkness and despair.

"It needs to stay away from here - tropical storm, hurricane, whatever it is," Freddie Bradwell, 55, of Fort Lauderdale said. "I've still got plastic on my roof."

Gamma formed Friday in the Caribbean and dumped heavy rain on portions of Belize, Honduras and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

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