Jeanne leaves Florida

Jeanne leaves Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Florida – Floridians mopped, shovelled sand and lined up for water and ice on Monday as the remnants of Hurricane Jeanne left the storm-beaten state and whipped through Georgia after taking six lives.

President George W Bush asked Congress for US$7,1 billion to help with relief efforts in Florida and other states hit by major storms in an usually hectic hurricane season. The new federal aid comes on top of two earlier relief packages.So far, Bush has requested more than US$12,2 billion in emergency aid, most of it for Florida, a battleground state vital to his re-election hopes in November.No longer a hurricane or even a tropical storm, Jeanne headed northeast on a path toward North and South Carolina and out to sea.Its maximum sustained winds, once 193 km/h, had fallen to 56 km/h.”We finally got rid of Jeanne,” state meteorologist Ben Nelson said, voicing the sentiments of tens of thousands of Floridians.- Nampa-ReutersThe new federal aid comes on top of two earlier relief packages.So far, Bush has requested more than US$12,2 billion in emergency aid, most of it for Florida, a battleground state vital to his re-election hopes in November.No longer a hurricane or even a tropical storm, Jeanne headed northeast on a path toward North and South Carolina and out to sea.Its maximum sustained winds, once 193 km/h, had fallen to 56 km/h.”We finally got rid of Jeanne,” state meteorologist Ben Nelson said, voicing the sentiments of tens of thousands of Floridians.- Nampa-Reuters

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