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The Sun Herald will produce an Extra Edition on Wednesday that will be delivered free of charge to hurricane shelters across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We will leave sufficient copies so that anyone who would wish to receive a copy may drop by the shelter nearest to them to get theirs.

Due to the approach of Hurricane Ivan, normal home delivery will not be possible.

As soon as it is possible, we will resume our regular schedule of publication, but obviously that will be impacted by the storm.

Every day that we are unable to produce and deliver a paper to subscribers we intend to produce papers that will be delivered to storm shelters. We have in place a number of contingency plans to continue publication should our printing facilities be impaired.

-- The Editors

Eye on Ivan

A South Mississippi hurricane journal

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Jackson County update 

The Sun Herald's Margaret Baker reports:

Jackson County Civil Defense Director Butch Loper said in a briefing late Wednesday evening that Hurricane Ivan was continuing to move to a northeast direction at about 12 mph, with the storm expected to make landfall between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Loper said Jackson County residents could expect to see maximum sustained winds of up to 80 mph, with the Mobile area already experiencing the brunt of the storm.

"About 6 to 7 a.m., we should be able to get out," Loper said. "So, we've been lucky unless something changes."

Paige Roberts, executive director of the Southeast Chapter of the American Red Cross, said the local shelters remain over capacity, with 1,670 evacuees in three shelters, whose combined total capacity is 1,100.

Roberts has worked throughout the morning and night, even using her Spanish speaking skills to talk to a man stranded at the Jackson County Welcome Center. Roberts said she was able to determine that the man was a native of Texas and traveling with his wife and two children, who were given directions to the shelter at East Central High School in Hurley. The couple and family made to the shelter safely.

Roberts said, "We're still not turning anyone away."

Don Hammack

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