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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Erin Returns to Florida

PENSACOLA, Florida () -- Hurricane Erin blasted ashore early Thursday, pounding Florida for a second time with 137 kilometer-per-hour winds. Tens of thousands of residents and tourists fled inland.

Power lines toppled, the rain fell sideways, streets were vacated and palm trees bent as the storm brushed the coast and then moved inland.

Erin blew ashore on the Florida peninsula's Atlantic coast Wednesday, killing two people and knocking out power to more than 1 million people before being downgraded to a tropical storm. It also sank two ships, and five people were reported missing.