Saturday, September 26, 1998 Published at 05:53 GMT 06:53 UK
Georges set to strengthen
Twenty feet-high waves crashed onto the streets of Key West
The strongest hurricane to have hit the United States for more than five years in heading north-west over the Gulf of Mexico.
Police have started issuing evacuation orders further up the Florida Gulf, and a hurricane watch has begun in the states of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Florida 'spared brunt'
Although more than 750,000 people were told to leave their homes, the damage was less than expected.
Thousands of people also ignored the mandatory evacuation orders, despite the strong winds and waves of more than 20 feet.
Across the Caribbean, rescue workers pulled bodies from mud and rubble, while survivors struggled to find food and clean water.
Hundreds more are missing, and hundreds of thousands have lost their homes.
In the Dominican Republic and Haiti there is a serious risk of disease breaking out.
Some people have been forced to drink water from muddy rivers that could still contain the corpses of hurricane victims.