Frances Death Toll At 19

Frances death toll at 19

Hurricane Frances is now blamed for 19 deaths in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina while many people scratched the itch to get home.

Thousands of evacuees ignored requests to stay put until electricity can be restored and other repairs made. They jammed highways, sometimes delaying emergency workers. Even if evacuees make it home, they'll find few places to buy supplies. Fights broke out at some locations. It could take a week to restore power to the three million customers still without it. Florida's chief financial officer estimates insured damage from Frances is two to four billion dollars. Total damage is typically double the insured losses.