PINELLAS COUNTY - As of 1:15 p.m., hurricane Charley was upgraded to a Category 4 storm packing winds of 140 mph.
Residents of Pinellas County were just starting to breathe a little easier as the National Hurricane Center reported that Charley's track had moved the expected point of landfall to the south - around Charlotte County.
However, officials want to remind residents that regardless of the exact point of landfall, the situation is still very dangerous.
Pinellas County residents should prepare now for the risk of tornadoes, very high winds with gusts possible as high as 75 mph for up to 12 hours, flooding from as much as 4 to 8 inches of rain is still very much a threat.
The county is under a hurricane, tornado and flood warning.
At 1 p.m., the center of Charley was located about 70 miles south-southwest of Fort Myers. The storm is moving at 20 mph and is expected to pick up speed this afternoon. Charley is expected to make land at Charlotte Harbor later today. Charley is expected to begin impacting Pinellas County later this afternoon or this evening.
County under curfew
Sgt. Tim Goodman, spokesman for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, announced at 1:15 p.m. that the Pinellas County Board of Commissioners had approved imposing a curfew for residents starting today.
The curfew will be from dusk to dawn and will remain in effect for five days, or until Aug. 18.
Goodman said the curfew was needed to keep as many people off the streets to allow emergency workers and utility crews to do their jobs. He said thus far residents had been very cooperative with the evacuation process.
Goodman said if predictions changed and damage was not as bad as anticipated, the curfew could be rescinded.