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Florida Residents Hunker Down

Florida residents hunker down and wait for Charley 

Florida residents are hunkering down as Hurricane Charley blows in. In the Tampa area, people are stocking up for the storm. At stores in Bradenton, gallons of water are being snatched off the shelves as quickly as workers put them out.

People are also filling bathtubs and other containers with water -- in case service is disrupted. Power companies say they are mobilizing thousands of workers to ready for outages. Utility officials plan to shut down power in Tampa to preserve the grid. One woman in a shelter in northwest Tampa says she fears "nothing is going to be there" when she goes home. An official helping run the shelter says people streaming in are "very nervous and very scared." The official says people are "begging" not to be turned away.

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