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Tuesday, September 14, 1999 Published at 01:28 GMT 02:28 UK

World: Americas

Picture Gallery: Preparing for Hurricane Floyd

The south-eastern coast of the United States is preparing for a powerful hurricane developing in the Atlantic.

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Hurricane Floyd, seen here in a satellite picture, has been declared a category-four storm, just one below the most dangerous level.

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Residents in towns across the state of Florida have been boarding up their windows and preparing to evacuate.

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A state of emergency has been declared in the state by Governor Jeb Bush.

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Members of the 45th Space Wing at Florida's Patrick Air Force Base boarded up the fire station in anticipation of strong winds.

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Meanwhile in the Bahamas capital, Nassau, residents queued up at supermarkets to stock up on essential supplies.

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In the United States, municipal workers secured the windows of the City Hall in Charleston, South Carolina.

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