Ivan's Death Toll Climbs to 12 as Jeanne Gains Strength in Caribbean

SEPTEMBER 16, 2004 - Posted at 4:21 p.m. CDT

GULF SHORES, AL - The storm that was Hurricane Ivan is now blamed for at least 82 deaths, including 12 in the U.S., and 70 others in and around the Caribbean.

It's now heading inland as a tropical storm, and forecasters are warning that it will bring heavy rain to much of the Southeast.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for as far away as North Carolina.  The heavy rain also could trigger mud and rock slides.

Hundreds of thousands are without power throughout the Florida Panhandle area.  In Mississippi, the governor says power may not be restored until tomorrow.

In Alabama, some seaside communities remain closed, due to dangers of downed power lines and weakened buildings.

Meanwhile in the Caribbean, crashing waves have been pounding the north coast of the Dominican Republic, along with high winds and driving rain from Hurricane Jeanne.

Streets in some towns are nearly deserted.

The storm reached hurricane strength earlier today.  The sixth hurricane of the Atlantic season, Jeanne's winds grew to near 80 miles-per-hour before passing through an evacuated village on the nation's eastern tip.