Katrina Brings Death And Destruction To South Florida

(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) --  Flooding is the main concern today as Hurricane Katrina continues to pound southern Florida with high wind and heavy rain. Parts of the state have had more than two feet of rain from Katrina.

The storm, which weakened briefly overnight, regained hurricane strength this morning as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico.

At least four people have been killed in Florida and five more are missing. The Coast Guard says they're members of a family and went out boating yesterday but never reached their destination on Florida's southwest Gulf Coast.

The storm is hindering the search.

They're identified as Edward and Tina Larson and their three children, ages 17, 14 and four.

The storm has flooded homes and damaged mobile homes and left nearly one-and-a-quarter (m) million people without power.

Hurricane Katrina is leaving its mark on southern Florida.

The slow-moving storm flooded streets, darkened homes and felled trees with wind gusts reaching 92 miles-an-hour. It's expected to drop torrents of wind-blown rain in the effected area for much of the day.

Weather officials say flooding is a major concern. Some areas have already gotten more than two feet of rain.

In Key Biscayne, flooding forced dozens of families to evacuate their homes. Three mobile home parks in Davie have considerable damage, including lost roofs. And an overpass under construction in Miami-Dade County collapsed onto a highway. Nobody was hurt, but it's shutdown 20 blocks of a major freeway. In the Florida Keys, a tornado damaged a hanger and a number of airplanes at the airport in Marathon.

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