Ivan's Strength Threatens Gulf Forecasters say Hurricane Ivan could be the most powerful storm to strike the Gulf Coast in decades. The Category 4 hurricane has winds approaching 140 miles an hour. It's moving north through the Gulf of Mexico and should strike the coast near Mobile by early Thursday. Hear NPR's Michele Norris and NPR's Jon Hamilton.
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Hurricane Ivan Brings High-Speed Winds to Coast

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Hurricane Ivan Brings High-Speed Winds to Coast

Hurricane Ivan Brings High-Speed Winds to Coast

Hurricane Ivan Brings High-Speed Winds to Coast

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Forecasters say Hurricane Ivan could be the most powerful storm to strike the Gulf Coast in decades. The Category 4 hurricane has winds approaching 140 miles an hour. It's moving north through the Gulf of Mexico and should strike the coast near Mobile by early Thursday. Hear NPR's Michele Norris and NPR's Jon Hamilton.

Spectators at a seawall in Pensacola watch 50 mph winds and surf. Reuters hide caption

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Spectators at a seawall in Pensacola watch 50 mph winds and surf at Wayside Park, Florida. Reuters hide caption

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

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