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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Hurricane Ivan forecast tracks farther away from Island

With the forecast track of powerful Hurricane Ivan moved farther west, away from Anna Maria Island, Manatee County Emergency Operations Center officials have delayed issuing any evacuation orders.

As of Sunday morning, Sept. 12, Ivan was forecast to pass 186 miles from the coast of Manatee County at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. No tropical storm-force winds were predicted to strike the Island, but emergency officials cautioned that the storm could still pose a threat to low-lying areas in the region with an anticipated 5-foot storm surge and up to 5 inches of rainfall.

Ivan, a strong Category 4 storm with 155-mph winds, was located just south of Cuba Sunday morning.

Schools and governmental offices will be open Monday.

Anna Maria City, Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach have all declared a state of emergency to expedite any cleanup efforts needed in the wake of Ivan.