I live in Miami-Dade County in South Florida. Although we will not feel the full effects of Frances, conditions are beginning to deteriorate here. I have an avocado tree in my back yard and my FRONT yard is littered with leaves from the tree. Avocados, scotch bonnet peppers and key limes litter my back yard. The wind is rattling the plywood that covers my back windows and twice I've lost power briefly. 25,900 Miami-Dade county customers and 68,000 Broward County customers are without power but Florida Power & Light is no longer restoring power due to dangerous conditions. Firefighters in Miami Gardens are fighting a fire caused by the rupture of an underground gas main.
I watched in awe as my avocado tree bowed to the power of the wind but did not break. After I was hit in the forehead by flying debris from the avocado tree I abandoned my attempts to take photographs and made a hasty retreat into my home.
For all of those in the direct path of Frances may almighty God be with you and your families. May he grant you protection and peace.