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Gulf Shore Area Prepares for Ivan

Hurricane Ivan approaches the Gulf coast with winds of up to 145 miles per hour, prompting the mayor of New Orleans to declare a state of emergency. The storm has caused a mass exodus of boats and fishermen from the area. Hear NPR's Melissa Block and Brian Wells of the Sportsman Marina and Drydock in Orange Beach, Ala.

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As special correspondent and guest host of NPR's news programs, Melissa Block brings her signature combination of warmth and incisive reporting. Her work over the decades has earned her journalism's highest honors, and has made her one of NPR's most familiar and beloved voices.