A weakened Hurricane Charley struck the coast of the U.S. State of South Carolina on Saturday. On Friday, Charley struck the state of Florida creating a path of destruction across the state. Officials say at least three people died in Florida, but the death toll is expected to rise significantly.

President George Bush declared parts of Florida a disaster area as rescue workers searched through the wreckage of more than 30 mobile home parks where most casualties occurred.

Hurricane Charley is the worst hurricane to strike Florida since 1992, when Hurricane Andrew devastated the Miami area. Florida Governor Jeb Bush says Hurricane Charley caused damage across the state.

"It is unlike Hurricane Andrew, where the damage was equally extensive, [but] it was located in one community," said Governor Bush. "This is wide-ranging so it is going to require a different response."

Charley strengthened significantly as it moved ashore along Florida's west coast. After crossing Florida, the storm moved up the Atlantic coast, where it is bringing high winds and heavy rains to states along the east coast.