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9/17/04

Surveying The Damage

A large tanker sits on the wreckage of smaller vessels at Brown's Marina in Pensacola, Florida. A large tanker sits on the wreckage of smaller vessels at Brown's Marina in Pensacola, Florida.
Debris litters the beach Thursday in Pensacola after Hurricane Ivan came ashore as a Category 3 storm in nearby Alabama. Debris litters the beach Thursday in Pensacola after Hurricane Ivan came ashore as a Category 3 storm in nearby Alabama.
A dog stands on the remains of a home near Blountstown, Fla., where a tornado, spawned by Ivan, swept through the neighborhood, killing four people. A dog stands on the remains of a home near Blountstown, Fla., where a tornado, spawned by Ivan, swept through the neighborhood, killing four people.
Reuben Lewis, 49, sifts through the remains of his home in the Old East Hill District of Pensacola, Fla., where he rode out the storm. Reuben Lewis, 49, sifts through the remains of his home in the Old East Hill District of Pensacola, Fla., where he rode out the storm.
US Highway 182 East was washed out in Gulf Shores, Ala., where the eye of Hurricane Ivan made landfall. The car is a convertible Ferrari. US Highway 182 East was washed out in Gulf Shores, Ala., where the eye of Hurricane Ivan made landfall. The car is a convertible Ferrari.

Hurricane Ivan has left at least 24 people dead in the U.S., and nearly 100 were killed as Ivan came through the Caribbean.

Ther ferocious storm left more than one-and-a-half million people without power in five states. Now, residents in the are beginning to assess the damage.

While cities like New Orleans were spared, the damage along the Gulf Coast is extensive.  Early estimates of insured losses are from two to ten-billion dollars.

In the Florida Panhandle, where many of the deaths from Hurricane Ivan took place, search and rescue efforts continue. No additional victims have been found. A national Guard convoy is headed to the area from Tallahassee today to bring food, ice, water and other supplies.

Now, another tropical storm is building strength in the Caribbean and could threaten Florida's east coast by early next week.

Here is a state-by-state breakdown of Hurricane Ivan's impact.

Alabama

The storm knocked out power to 1,012,656 residences and businesses serviced by Alabama Power and Alabama Rural Electric Association, a spokesperson said.

In Baldwin County, where Gulf Shores is located, and parts of Monroe County, all of Baldwin Electric Membership Cooperative's 55,000 customers were without power, according to the company's Web site.

Florida

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said tornadoes killed six people in Bay and Calhoun counties in the Florida Panhandle where Ivan's outer bands swept ashore. In Santa Rosa County, emergency management officials said a young girl in Milton died when a tree fell on her house

More than 364,000 Gulf Power customers were without power, a utility spokesperson said.

West Florida Hospital in Pensacola sustained heavy damage on a section of medical offices, spokeswoman Kathy Houser said. Patient wings were not damaged, she said, and the building is structurally sound. Three other hospitals in the Pensacola area also were damaged.

Officials in Jackson County, west of Tallahassee, early Thursday reported several major thunderstorms had ripped through the panhandle town of Marianna, resulting in an unknown number of tornadoes and damaging an industrial park, a federal prison and four mobile home parks.

According to Laura Mager with Jackson County Emergency Management, at least 30 mobile homes were heavily damaged.

Georgia

One person was killed in southwest Georgia when a tree fell on their car Thursday afternoon, possibly the result of a tornado, Franklin County Emergency Management Director Jones Beasley said.

The outer bands extended as far east as Atlanta on Thursday afternoon, where jetliners at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were grounded by high wind, and some neighborhoods in the city were flooded.

About 210,000 Georgia Power customers, mostly in metro Atlanta were without electricity Friday morning.

Louisiana

A spokesperson for the Louisiana Emergency Operations center reported that 11,857 homes and businesses lacked electrical services Friday morning.

Still, there was relief in New Orleans.

"This storm passed within 70 miles of the mouth of the Mississippi. Anybody that has any doubts about whether they should have evacuated should look at the news and see what happened in Mobile and Pensacola and that's what we avoided," Mayor C. Ray Nagin said.

Most of New Orleans lies below sea level. A series of levees hold back lakes and the Mississippi River. Nagin noted that the type of flooding that occurred in Florida and Alabama might very well have put New Orleans underwater.

Mississippi

About 75,000 people were told to leave Harrison County, one of three counties along that state's Gulf Coast. Residents in parts of Jackson and Hancock counties were also ordered to leave, but no figures were available for those areas.

Mississippi Power reported 132,553 of its 193,000 customers were without power Friday.

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