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Ivan Drenches Jamaica, Eyes Cuba, Florida

Hurricane Ivan, the worst storm to hit the Caribbean in a decade, spared Jamaica the brunt of its force.

But the storm is gaining strength as it heads for the Cayman Islands and Cuba. On Saturday afternoon it had become a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 165 mph.

Ivan is expected to make landfall in Florida early next week. Though hurricane paths are notoriously hard to pinpoint, experts now believe the storm might skirt South Florida and head for the Panhandle.

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Jennifer Ludden helps edit energy and environment stories for NPR's National Desk, working with NPR staffers and a team of public radio reporters across the country. They track the shift to clean energy, state and federal policy moves, and how people and communities are coping with the mounting impacts of climate change.