As Hurricane Dorian threatens off the coast of Florida, we recall 15 years ago to this day on Sept. 3, 2004 when Hurricane Frances hit the Sunshine State.
"Frances produced a storm surge of nearly 6 feet at its Florida east coast landfall, and caused widespread heavy rains and associated freshwater flooding over much of the eastern United States, with a maximum reported rainfall of 18.07 inches at Linville Falls, North Carolina. Frances was also associated with an outbreak of over 100 tornadoes throughout the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Eight deaths resulted from the forces of the storm - seven in the United States and one in the Bahamas. U.S. damage is estimated to be near $8.9 billion, over 90% of which occurred in Florida."
Dorian, meanwhile, has had its top sustained winds dip to 120 mph (193 kph), making it a Category 3 hurricane as of Tuesday morning, but forecasters said it remained almost stationary. The Associated Press reports Doridan was centered 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Freeport on Tuesday morning -- about the same distance from the city as at 9 a.m. Monday. Hurricane-force winds extended out as far as 45 mph (75 kilometers) in some directions, the AP reports.