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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

BBC NEWS | Americas | Americans flee as hurricane nears

BBC NEWS | Americas | Americans flee as hurricane nears: "Americans flee as hurricane nears
Hundreds of thousands of people are evacuating their homes along the southern US coast, as Hurricane Ivan heads inland from the Gulf of Mexico.
A state of emergency has been declared in Florida, Louisiana and Alabama, and nearly two million people have been urged to flee to higher ground.
Major roads out are jammed with traffic and ports and airports have closed.
The hurricane is expected to land on Thursday, after spreading devastation across the Caribbean for a week.
At 0300 GMT, Ivan's centre was about 295 miles (475 km) south-south-east of the Mississippi River and moving at 12mph (19km/h).
Forecasters say the 140 mph (225 km/h) category four winds could strengthen on Wednesday, then weaken slightly as the storm nears the coast.
The exact place where Ivan will hit the US is likely to change in the coming hours.
Deluge threat
The state of emergency is in force along a 300-mile swathe (480 km) from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle"

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