Eye on Ivan
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
One of The Sun Herald's most active folks during the storm has been cops reporter Robin Fitzgerald, who files these two briefs.
Avoiding the storm
Michael Saunders of Long Beach evacuated from Florida to avoid Hurricane Ivan. Now, he says he's "stuck like chuck" with friends in Lyman.
"My company told me to just stay here," said Saunders, an insurance adjustor. "They told me there will be work for me to do here after the hurricane hits."
Saunders, his son, Ray, 23, and a beagle named Bandit are riding out the storm at the home of Lonnie and Nyoka Myer on South Fork Drive.
Lonnie Myer was preparing to grill chicken and sausage in spite of drizzling rain before night fall while his son, Drew, 7, danced around in their carport and daughter Sydney, 12 months, slept.
"We've got some music going and we're making the best of it," said Myer.
His wife, however, said news reports that Ivan likely will make landfall between Pascagoula and Pensacola and not in Harrison County isn't much consolation.
"I still wish we had gone somewhere else," Nyoka Myer said.
Still at work
A few people are still evacuating South Mississippi, according to Kim Pran, who said she's selling them gasoline and snacks at her store, Lyman Quick Stop.
"We will stay open until the weather gets bad," Pran said around 4:30 p.m.
An ambulance was parked in front of her business at U.S. 49 and Mississippi 53, waiting to respond to any emergency calls.
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