Ivan - Alabama

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Thousands of coastal Alabama evacuees are jamming roads as they try to get out of the path of Hurricane Ivan. A state trooper spokeswoman says the traffic is heavy, but it's moving.

Governor Riley has called for the evacuation of all areas south of Interstate Ten. And he has made the evacuation mandatory for coastal resorts in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan and Dauphin Island.

In Mobile, Mayor Mike Dow has told people in low-lying areas to get out. Dow says Ivan is different from Hurricane Frederic that caused extensive damage to the Alabama coast 25 years ago. Frederic was a dry hurricane, but Ivan is packing heavy rains that can cause flooding.

Weather forecasters say rainfall ranging from 10 to 20 inches could fall at points across coastal and south Alabama.