Same song, second verse: Ivan's back

| 9/24/2004

Just when you thought it was safe to live near the water … Tropical Storm and former Hurricane Ivan has returned to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to make landfall on the U.S. coastline in the late night hours of Thursday, Sept. 23.

But it won’t be in Florida or Alabama, where Ivan caused widespread and horrific damage when it came ashore as a hurricane Sept. 16. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expect Ivan to hit somewhere between Morgan City, LA, and Sargent, TX.

Thursday afternoon, Ivan was about 50 miles southeast of Cameron, LA, and about 80 miles southeast of Port Arthur, TX. It was headed northwest at about 8 mph.

The storm’s path would again leave New Orleans unscathed. Forecasters predict Ivan – which still has 50 mph sustained winds and an expected rainfall of between 5 and 10 inches – will hit Houston, known for significant flooding problems. In addition, isolated tornadoes are forecast for southwest Louisiana.

And if you think this is it, guess again. Although its path might yet change, early reports now say that Hurricane Jeanne could hit Florida – again – possibly as early as Sunday.