Hurrican Ivan Thunders Closer

Bump and Update: New Orleans catches a break, but Mobile, AL doesn't. The eye of Hurricane Ivan should hit Mobile by early Thursday morning.

Live hurricane bloggers: Weatherbug and Brendan Loy in Mobile and Mike Roetto in New Orleans (via Instapundit.]

Bump and Update: Hurricane Ivan is getting closer. Right now it's headed towards the Gulf Coast. Florida's western panhandle is still at risk. It's expected to arrive late Wednesday.

New Orleans may sink if it gets hit hard.

The worst-case scenario for New Orleans a direct strike by a full-strength Hurricane Ivan could submerge much of this historic city treetop-deep in a stew of sewage, industrial chemicals and fire ants, and the inundation could last for weeks, experts say. If the storm were strong enough, Ivan could drive water over the tops of the levees that protect the city from the Mississippi River and vast Lake Pontchartrain. And with the city sitting in a saucer-shaped depression that dips as much as 9 feet below sea level, there would be nowhere for all that water to drain.

Those folks who remain, should the city flood, would be exposed to all kinds of nightmares from buildings falling apart to floating in the water having nowhere to go," Ivor van Heerden, director of Louisiana State University's Hurricane Public Health Center, said Tuesday.

This sounds worse than Hurricanes Charlie and Frances. If you're in Ivan's path, please use the comments to let us know what you're experiencing and keep us updated.

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