Ivan Gone, Cleanup Continues

By: CNN & ABC News
By: CNN & ABC News

The remnants of Hurricane Ivan had reached as far north as Massachusetts on Saturday after pounding the Gulf Coast in Florida and Alabama and spawning tornadoes and flooding in the Southeastern United States.

Showers and thunderstorms were expected across New England this weekend, meteorologists said.

Throughout the South, states reported heavy damage to roads, bridges and power lines. In Alabama coastal resort towns such as Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, buildings and houses were scattered like toothpicks.

In Virginia, up to 30 tornadoes touched down. Ivan-related storms knocked out power in eastern and southern Ohio and stranded children and teachers in an elementary school overnight.

In Tennessee, tornadoes and floods were widespread. Flooding also remained a problem in parts of North Carolina, where storms spawned by Ivan have left a trail of destruction.

About 1.36 million homes and businesses did not have power Saturday in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The U.S. death toll from Ivan, which made landfall with 130 mph (209 kph) winds, is blamed for 25 deaths, eight of them in the Florida Panhandle, where the eastern edge of the storm led to tornadoes well before the eye hit.

The body of a truck driver whose rig plunged off a damaged bridge near Pensacola was pulled Friday from Pensacola Bay, sheriff's officials said.

Eight people died in North Carolina. Four of those deaths occurred in Macon County in the state's western corner when a mudslide wiped out 20 to 30 homes. Emergency officials are searching for an undetermined number of missing people.

Four people died in Georgia, including a six-year-old girl who was swept away by floodwaters, according to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

Three deaths were reported in Mississippi, and authorities in Alabama said a volunteer firefighter was killed when his vehicle hit a downed tree.

A Tennessee police officer was killed Thursday in a storm-related traffic accident.


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