The National Weather Service in San Francisco warned Thursday that Tropical Storm Frances is forecast to become a major hurricane in Cypresses, Florida, on Saturday, as the storm approaches.
The National Weather Services warned Thursday afternoon that Tropical Wave Frances is expected to become an intense Category 4 hurricane in the area, with sustained winds of 115 mph, with gusts of 140 mph.
The storm is expected in the central portion of the state on Saturday.
The storm is forecast by the National Hurricane Center to bring heavy rain to much of Florida and possibly parts of South Carolina and Georgia.
The U.N. refugee agency said Thursday it had requested the U.K. Government’s assistance with the rescue of at least 1,100 people stranded in the flooded Cypress Garden.
More than 30 people were rescued Thursday, the agency said.
It said the victims include at least 14 children, three women and one man.
The agency said it is trying to locate the families.
The British High Commission in London said the British Foreign Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in London are working with the British Embassy in Washington, D.C., and U.G. Government officials to provide humanitarian assistance to the British citizens stranded in Cypres.