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Video: Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Bonnie

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    WILLIAMS: more on this storm now from our friend Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel . He's in North Miami Beach . And, Jim , if we have this right, Florida gets brushed and then everything kind of Mobile Bay to the west is vulnerable to this next one, correct?

    JIM CANTORE reporting: They are, Brian. But, you know, one of the things you have to watch out for with a storm like this is, A, does it redevelop further north in its infancy, and does it become a stronger storm? Because hurricane intensity forecasts are horrible, at best. And that's what we have to watch out for. We are not out of the woods with this by any stretch of the imagination. Let's show it to you. All day this has tried to become Bonnie ; and as you mentioned at the top of the show, that's exactly what it is. All those orange colors indicating the huge thunderstorms in and around the center. The forecast track makes a -- for a miserable day in Florida as we go through the day on Friday. But then Saturday, all day Saturday and even into Saturday night, this storm will track along the south and west fringes of that oil slick . Now, the big question is, does it move in further north? Does it become stronger? Those pose more problems. But the truth of the matter is, is by Sunday night, everything should be inland and we'll see what this thing has become, whether it be Hurricane Bonnie or tropical storm . Either way, Brian , for Florida it is a brush and a hint of things to come; and perhaps, for what has been some great momentum in the oil efforts, it's a disruption.

    WILLIAMS: That's right .

    CANTORE: Back to you.

    WILLIAMS: We're worried about that oil getting pushed up into those marshes. Jim Cantore in Florida


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