Ivan Menaces Mobile, Gulf Coast with 135 mph Winds

The eye of Hurricane Ivan is moving slowly toward the Alabama coast. Credit: NOAA

The eye of Hurricane Ivan moves slowly toward the Alabama coast in this satellite image taken at 4:15 pm, EDT. NOAA hide caption

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The eye of Hurricane Ivan is moving slowly toward the Alabama coast. Credit: NOAA

The eye of Hurricane Ivan is moving slowly toward the Alabama coast. NOAA hide caption

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A storeowner boards up his shop in the nearly deserted French Quarter in New Orleans. Sept. 14, 2004

A storeowner boards up his shop in the nearly deserted French Quarter of New Orleans. Reuters hide caption

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Hurricane Ivan heads for landfall in Mobile, Ala., and along the Gulf Coast. Residents prepare their homes and face the tough decision whether to evacuate, and how far to go. Others are sheltering in a hospital. NPR's Debbie Elliott reports.

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