Hurricane Ivan was downgraded to a Category Four storm Sunday with steady winds of around 140 miles per hour. It has claimed at least 60 lives in the Caribbean. It was headed next to Cuba.
Computer models now put landfall in the U.S. somewhere in the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday evening. According to Storm TEAM 12, Ivan could then travel north into Alabama. Heavy rain and high wind is expected south of Montgomery.
The Alabama Emergency Management agency is urging all Alabamians to follow Ivan's path closely and prepare for possible flooding and power outages. Here is what officials suggest:
- Stock up on drinking water and non-perishable food items.
- Check the batteries in your flashlight and your portable radio or TV.
- Make sure you have enough of your prescription medication to last you several days.
- Put together a first aid kit.
- Have enough fuel on hand for your car and any power generator you might have.
- Secure outside objects like trash cans that could blow away in the wind.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami has dropped the possibility of a direct hit on the lower east coast of Florida, which was hit hard by Hurricane Frances. But with most of Florida still soaked, flooding is likely in low-lying areas.
For the latest on Hurricane Ivan's path stay tuned to WSFA 12 News and log on to the weather section of wsfa.com.