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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jeanne Ravages Florida Once More

MELBOURNE, Florida -- Hurricane Jeanne tore a fresh path of destruction and despair as it continued its march up storm-ravaged Florida, where the fourth major hurricane in six weeks shut down much of the state and prompted recovery plans on a scale never before seen in the nation.

At least six people died in the storm, which plowed across Florida's midsection in a virtual rerun for many residents still trying to regroup from the hurricanes that have crisscrossed the southeast since mid-August.

Rocketing debris scattered in earlier storms, Jeanne came ashore around midnight Saturday with 193-kilometer-per-hour winds, striking its first blow in the same area hit three weeks ago by Hurricane Frances.

It was expected to weaken into a tropical depression later Monday while moving east of the Florida panhandle, where 70,000 homes and businesses remained without power because of Hurricane Ivan less than two weeks ago.

"Adversity makes us strong. This dynamic state will return," Governor Jeb Bush, brother of President George W. Bush, said at the Indian River County emergency operations center Sunday, where nearly all of the county was without power and residents were told to boil tap water before drinking it to avoid contaminants.

Jeanne ripped off roofs, left stoplights dangling precariously, destroyed a deserted community center in Jensen Beach, and flooded some bridges from the mainland to barrier islands straddling the Atlantic coast. More than 2.5 million homes and businesses were without power.

Florida was the first state to withstand a four-hurricane pounding in one hurricane season since Texas in 1886 -- a milestone that came with two months remaining in the hurricane season.