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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

Officials to ride out storm in Pascagoula 

From The Sun Herald's Margaret Baker:

During a 4:30 p.m. meeting at City Hall in Pascagoula, officials decided to remain in the building on Watts Avenue to ride out the storm, manning phone calls and offering assistance to anyone reported stranded in the city.

Police Chief Michael Whitmore reported no significant storm-related problems, though the winds had downed two trees on Market Street. Other trees were reported down in a few yards. Whitmore said police officers had some problems with loitering and people under the influence of alcohol and involved in domestic-related disturbances.

Stephen Mitchell, the city's chief building official, also issued a warning to residents to watch out for scam artists expected in the area once the storm passes. He said that officials with the Mississippi Board of Contractors are expected in the city Monday, and any suspected scam artists in the area should be reported to the city at 938-6620.

Joanna Anderson, public information officer for the Emergency Operations Center, said the highest winds gusts reported in the city as of 5:30 p.m. was 45 mph.

Earlier in the day, city officials issued mandatory curfews, with residents expected to remain indoors after 6 p.m. tonight.

"Traffic is pretty much non-existent," Whitmore said. Streets throughout the area were mostly deserted, with a few residents who refused to leave at home.

Don Hammack

Don Hammack is a staff writer for the Sun Herald. He can be reached at or
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