Originally Posted By: jpeck
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I sure hope that Hurricane Ivan loses strength before it makes landfall.
165 mph SUSTAINED winds. Gusts to 195 mph.
That's almost the winds in a tornado, except that this thing will not fly through like a tornado ... and it is MUCH larger than any tornado.
Hopefully, like Frances did at the last minute, it will lose strength, but it is just getting ready to go through the part know for strengthening hurricanes, and it just went through the area known for weakening and sucking the wind out of hurricanes - and all it did was get stronger. Hope that is not a bad sign.
If we are lucky (we being everyone on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts) Ivan will turn north NOW and scoot out into the Atlantic. Once it gets too far toward the Gulf, there is no way out but to make landfall. Which could be Florida (where Charley and Frances just were), Texas, or Mexico.
I certainly hope this does not become known as *Ivan The Terrible*.