Ivan sideswipes Barbados

Hurricane Ivan damaged about 175 homes in Barbados and churned toward Tobago and Grenada on Tuesday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 7, 2004


Hurricane Ivan damaged about 175 homes in Barbados and churned toward Tobago and Grenada on Tuesday.

Barbados - population 278,000 people - was spared a direct hit.

The storm could grow into a Category 4 hurricane later Tuesday, forecasters said.

Ivan - the fourth major hurricane of the season - is the strongest cyclone to develop at such a low latitude in Atlantic hurricane history.

It's too early to say Hurricane Ivan will hit Florida, but Florida responders are very concerned.

"Probably the biggest concern for many is that, while water has not entered many of the houses, it certainly is lapping at the door. We cannot stand another hurricane," said Jody Hill, head of Florida Interfaith Networking in Disaster.

Hurricane Frances tore about 1,000 corrugated metal panels from the Kennedy Space Center's Vertical Assembly Building. Crews were trying to replace the panels in time for Ivan to potentially hit within a week.


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