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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

Thursday, September 16, 2004

The Kiwis chime in 

Petra in New Zealand writes:

A friend of mine is a police officer in Gulfport, and is rostered to work 'the Ivan shift'. I'm worried for my friend's safety and for all those who, for one reason or another, had to stay behind.

I caught some images on our TV News and that thing just blows my mind, if you'll pardon the expression. I'm chewing my fingernails keeping updated on Ivan. As far as I can see, it has weakened to a category 3 (still killer), and had veered away from a direct hit to Gulfport. Terrible luck for those more east; but for personal reasons I'm greatly relieved. On TV, that thing looked so surreal - like how I imagine a black hole to look and function, except this wasn't millions of light years away in another galaxy - it was sitting right on top of the ocean, looking dense and dangerous, spinning and plowing a path right at you. So much power is beyond my comprehension.

Anyway, enough rambling. This worried Kiwi is hoping everything is okay with you all, and especially with the heroic emergency services men and women. And most especially with my friend.

Is the worst over yet? Is everyone safe?

The worst is over here and I think we've been very fortunate here in Harrison County. Sounds like Jackson County has some more serious issues to deal with, but we're better off than those people further east.

A big tip of the cap for the public safety workers is in order. I watched firefighters working professionally during a hurricane last night trying to save a residence. Police officers were cruising the streets all night, all working 12-on, 12-off shifts scanning for trouble. Thanks to all.

Don Hammack

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