Hurricane Frances

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Some 2.5 million people are being asked to evacuate their Florida towns, the largest evacuation request in state history.

The category four storm is powerfully making its way across the Carribean Thursday, expected to hit the Bahamas and move toward the southeastern United States.

Experts say the storm is so large, 85% of Florida's 17 million residents live in areas that are under hurricane watches and warnings. Frances is nearly three times as large as Hurricane Charley, which struck just a few weeks ago. The storm is aiming at a 300 mile stretch of Florida's Atlantic coast. Hurricane Frances is expected to make landfall by midmorning Friday.

Frances is currently moving with winds up to 145 miles per hour and the potential to push waves ashore up to 15 feet high. It could be the most powerful storm to hit Florida in a decade.