September 4, 1996 in Nation/World

Hurricane Fran’s Winds Expected To Strengthen

Associated Press

Hurricane Fran roared along at 115 mph Tuesday night and its winds were expected to get even stronger as it aimed to make landfall along the southeastern U.S. coast late Thursday.

A hurricane watch, meaning the storm could hit within 36 hours, could go up for Georgia and South Carolina by this morning, meteorologist Robert Molleda said Tuesday night at the National Hurricane Center.

Much of the Bahamas, a mecca for American gamblers and other vacationers, was bracing for a possible hit even though it appeared that Fran would pass north of the islands.

Heading west-northwest at 13 mph, Fran was expected to take a gradual turn to the northwest by early today, Molleda said.

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