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Ivan could hit land Thursday

September 14, 2004

Undated-- A hurricane watch remains in effect for the northern Gulf of Mexico coast from Morgan City, Louisiana eastward to St. marks Florida, including greater New Orleans Louisiana.

A hurricane warning will likely be required for a portion of the watch area later this afternoon. At 5:00PM, the center of Ivan was located near latitude 24.2 north, Longitude 86.6 west, or about 370 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi river.

Ivan is moving toward the north-northwest near 9MPH,and this motion is expected to continue over the next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 140 mph, with higher gusts.

Ivan remains an extremely dangerous category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. Fluctuations in intensity are common in major hurricanes and are possible over the next 24 hours.

Ivan is a large hurricane. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 100 miles from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 260 miles.

updated at 6:00PM by dave.miller@walb.com

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