Hurricane Ivan slammed ashore on September 16, 2004, bringing devastation to the United Statesí Gulf Coast. Pensacola, in the western tip of the Florida panhandle, took the full brunt of the Category 3 storm as it pushed its way ashore. The stormís 130 mile-per-hour winds, heavy rains, and 10 to 15 foot storm surge wreaked havoc on coastal communities such as Pensacola. This Ikonos image pair shows some of the damage around Bayou Chico in Pensacola. The large warehouse that is so prominently visible in the image acquired on January 4, 2003, appears to be a pile of rubble on September 18, 2004. Some of the boats docked along the shore appear to have drifted, and the land near the waterís edge looks dirty, as if recently covered by flood water.
Hurricane Ivan had winds of 130 miles per hour when it came ashore. The storm also brought coastal flooding with a storm surge flooding of 10 to 15 feet above normal high tide levels and heavy rain. The Associated Press reports that up to 52 people died in the United States as Ivan made its way up the East Coast from Alabama and Florida.
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