• Short Summary

    Millions of dollars' worth of damage was caused by high winds and floodwater on Monday night (22 September) when hurricane "Eloise" deviated from her expected course and hit the north Florida coast in the United States.

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    Millions of dollars' worth of damage was caused by high winds and floodwater on Monday night (22 September) when hurricane "Eloise" deviated from her expected course and hit the north Florida coast in the United States.

    Meteorologists had earlier predicted that "Eloise" would hit the H.S. Gulf Coase, and thousands of people left their homes to escape the storm's wrath. But, only hours before it crossed the coast, the hurricane veered slightly eastward, towards north Florida.

    Swift storm warnings alerted residents, and officials said later the rapid evacuation of homes, hotels and motels along the coast prevented any loss of life or serious injury directly attributable to the hurricane.

    Many homes, restaurants and other buildings were severely damaged as high winds swept the area, ripping off roofs and tearing down electric cables and telephone wires along a seventy miles (112 kilometre) stretch between the townships of Panama City and Fort Walton Beach.

    Before reaching Florida, "Eloise" carved a trail of destruction through the Caribbean, leaving at least 30 dead in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

    The National Hurricane centre in Miami, Florida, said later that the hurricane had lost some of its force by the time it hit the United States, and its wind speed had dropped from 85 miles per hour (137 kilometres per hour) to 70 miles (112 kilometres).

    Panama City resident Lela Killingsworth describes on film what happened when "Eloise" struck. A transcript follows:

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB01J39S6S9AG4U16Q3EPDTTLH
    Media URN:
    VLVAB01J39S6S9AG4U16Q3EPDTTLH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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