(Sept. 9) It is said that everything comes in threes.

To the dismay of most everyone in Florida, it appears to be the case this season with hurricanes.

Growers in south Florida were preparing for more heavy wind and rain damage associated with the forecast arrival of Hurricane Ivan Sept. 13.

If the Category 5 storm strikes as predicted, it would be the third hurricane to hit Florida in 31 days.

Hurricane Charley struck the southwestern region of the state Aug. 13 and Hurricane Frances came ashore Sept. 4 near Fort Pierce, Fla., on the central east coast.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami projected Ivan to make landfall in southwest Florida, near Punta Gorda, on a northerly course toward Lakeland, Fla.

After churning through Barbados and Grenada, leaving 16 dead, Ivan was headed toward Jamaica and western Cuba Sept. 10 with sustained winds of 160 mph. A canister dropped into the storm Sept. 9 registered winds at 210 mph at 350 feet above the surface.