|Country or District||United States of America (the)|
|Outline||Tropical Storm Gaston raced out to sea on Tuesday after swamping Virginia and killing five people, while powerful Hurricane Frances roared toward the Bahamas and the U.S. East Coast with 140-mph winds.|
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CNN News 2004/08/31
An area of about 20 blocks of downtown Richmond was roped off and was declared uninhabitable Tuesday after the remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston flooded the city and other parts of central Virginia with a foot or more of rain. At least five people were killed.
Virginia Gov. Mark Warner declared a state of emergency after Gaston dropped up to 14 inches of rain on central parts of the state. Floating cars and trucks smashed into buildings and nearly 180 roads were out of commission.