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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    Channel 11/Los Angeles says NWS has just upgraged this to Cat IV.

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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    Tropical Update


    Dennis now a dangerous Category 4
    12:36 a.m. ET Sun.,Jul.10,2005 C. Dolce, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



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    if (isMinNS4) { var mapNURL = "/maps/news/atlstorm4/"; } Dennis Bottom Line
    <LI>Landfall on Gulf Coast expected Sunday afternoon or evening

    <LI>Impacts will not be limited to the coast

    <LI>Currently undergoing significant intensification

    <LI>Hurricane/Tropical Alerts

    <LI>Prepare your home | Keep out wind & water

    <LI>Evacuating with pets | Keeping pets safe

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    As of 1:00 a.m. ET, Dennis' maximum sustained winds increased to 135 mph making it a dangerous Category 4 hurricane. This is the second time that Dennis has reached Category 4 status. Dennis is a very symmetrical hurricane with a well defined eye and could intensify even more as it pushes to the north-northwest through the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

    Dennis’ outer rain bands are radiating northward bringing periodic bouts of heavy rain, gusty winds, and isolated tornadoes from the peninsula to the panhandle of Florida and points even farther north and west. Gusty winds will continue to impact much of Florida (particularly the western half of the state). Winds will increase across the Florida Panhandle as Dennis approaches during the overnight hours.

    On Sunday, the northern Gulf Coast from east of New Orleans to the Florida Panhandle needs to be as prepared as absolutely possible for the destructive winds, battering waves, coastal flooding and flooding rains of a major hurricane when Dennis finally moves ashore during the afternoon or, at the very latest, the evening hours. At U.S. landfall, Dennis could be almost as potent as when it hit the south-central coast of Cuba on Friday. If mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for your area, leave. Rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches are likely for the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama, and southern Mississippi with locally higher amounts along and east of where the center of circulation tracks.

    Hurricane warnings remain in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from the Pearl River east to Steinhatchee River with tropical storm warnings from Steinhatchee River to Bonita Beach along the Gulf Coast of Florida. The hurricane warning in the Florida Keys has been downgraded to a tropical storm warning from the Seven Mile Bridge to Dry Tortugas. In Louisiana, tropical storm warnings are posted from Grand Isle to the Pearl River, including New Orleans and Lake Ponchatrain.

    Hurricane Dennis made a brief landfall near Cabo Cruz, Cuba on Thursday evening. The eye made a second landfall on the south-central coast of Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane, winds of 149 mph, near Cienfuegos early Friday afternoon. Dennis weakened as it moved over Cuba and was downgraded to a Category 1 storm with top sustained winds of 90 mph after emerging into the Gulf of Mexico, but it has dramatically recovered to a Category 4. Four Atlantic weather systems -- Arlene, Bret, Cindy and Dennis -- reached Tropical Storm status by July 5, the earliest for so many named storms in recorded history. Only three major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher) have hit the U.S. coast in July in the past 100 years. When the maximum sustained winds in Hurricane Dennis peaked at 150 mph on Friday morning, Dennis officially became the strongest July Atlantic Basin hurricane on record and the strongest Atlantic hurricane this early in hurricane season.

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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    'Monster' Storm To Slam Gulf Coast With 140 MPH Winds

    Forecaster: 'This Thing Is Going To Devastate...'



    POSTED: 11:51 pm EDT July 9, 2005
    UPDATED: 1:42 am EDT July 10, 2005


    A "monster" Hurricane Dennis is expected to slam into the Gulf Coast Sunday as a Category 4 storm with 140 mph winds, according to Local 6 meteorologist Tom Sorrells.



    http://&#91;img]http://images.ibsys.com/....jpg&#91;/img] Hurricane Dennis will be a "monster" storm when it slams into the north Gulf Coast tonight and will likely cause widespread devastation, according to Local 6 meteorologist Tom Sorrells.






    "This storm just flat out blew up," Sorrells said. "This thing is going to devastate where it hits. It's a monster Category 4 storm by tonight. It's going to be a huge national story for days to come."

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    Early Sunday, Dennis had regained Category 3 status with top sustained winds of 125 mph, and hurricane forecasters said the storm would likely continue to strengthen overnight, nourished by warm Gulf waters.

    "If you care anything at all about Panama City or Pensacola, you really have to hurt for these folks because by tomorrow, they would have had a Category 4 hurricane rumble through there with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph -- total devestation in the area," Sorrells said.

    When Dennis makes landfall, it is projected to continue to plow through parts of Mississippi as a Category 1 storm.

    "It gets trapped between a high pressure center out west and a ridge of high pressure that buffered it away from Florida to the east and it becomes a major rain storm across the Tennessee Valley."

    At 1 a.m. EDT, Dennis' eye was 235 miles south of Panama City in the Panhandle and 310 miles southeast of Biloxi, Miss.

    After missing Key West by about 125 miles, it was moving northwest at about 14 mph and expected to turn more to the north before landfall, forecasters said.

    1.4 Million Ordered To Evacuate



    Evacuations were ordered for nearly 1.4 million people ahead of expected landfall Sunday afternoon.



    Many residents decided to remain home, however, even with forecasts that the storm could reach Category 4 strength.

    "Category 4 is not just a little bit worse -- it's much worse," said Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.





    http://&#91;img]http://images.ibsys.com/....jpg&#91;/img] The storm also forced people from the Florida Panhandle to Louisiana to pack up and evacuate as it churned along a path that could at least sideswipe areas still rebuilding from last year's four hurricanes.






    "The damage increases exponentially as the wind speed increases. And no matter where it makes actual landfield, it's going to have a tremendous impact well away from the center."

    Along the Gulf Coast, many residents were patching up roofs on their homes or living in government trailers because of damage caused by Hurricane Ivan just 10 months ago. For them, Dennis meant another tense weekend of long lines for gas and searching for generators and plywood.



    "I'm tired of all this packing up," said Melba Turner, 70, of Fort Walton Beach. "We look like the Beverly Hillbillies when we get all packed up and leave. I'd rather stay. We're getting too old for all this fussing."





    Current Warnings





    A hurricane warning remains in effect for portions of the northern and northeastern Gulf Coast from the Steinhatchee River westward to the mouth of the Pearl River.



    At 11 p.m., the tropical storm warning along the Florida west coast is canceled south of Bonita beach.

    A tropical storm warning remains in effect along the Florida west coast from east of the Steinhatchee River southward to Bonita Beach, and for the lower Florida keys west of the Seven Mile Bridge.

    A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the southeastern Louisiana coast west of the mouth of the Pearl River to Grand Isle, including metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Ponchartrain.



    20 Deaths In Haiti, Cuba



    The hurricane, blamed for at least 20 deaths in Haiti and Cuba, was expected to dump more than a half-foot of rain and swamp shores with waves and storm surge more than a story high on the Gulf Coast.



    http://&#91;img]http://images.ibsys.com/....jpg&#91;/img] A hurricane warning remains in effect for portions of the northern and northeastern Gulf Coast from the Steinhatchee River westward to the mouth of the Pearl River.






    State radio in Cuba said hundreds of homes around the island's southeastern coast had been destroyed or heavily damaged, and civil defense officials said more than 1.5 million people had fled their homes.

    Early Saturday, Dennis largely spared the Florida Keys as it swept into the Gulf of Mexico.

    The only signs of the damage in Key West were flooded streets littered with tree branches, plywood, street signs and other debris, but more than 211,000 homes and businesses lost power Saturday across Southern Florida, including all of Key West.

    "We're holding up," Key West Mayor Jimmy Weekly said. Residents who evacuated the lower Keys were asked to away until Sunday, and visitors were told they could return Monday.

    Several tornadoes in the Tampa Bay area caused minor damage such as downed trees, and more twisters were likely in parts of the Gulf of Mexico coast Sunday.



    In Alabama, about 500,000 people were under evacuation orders, as were 700,000 in Florida and 190,000 in Mississippi. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Alabama Gov. Bob Rille, mindful of Ivan last year, urged residents to evacuate if they were told to do so.

    "I do worry about the folks in ... places that really got hit hard," Bush said. "They're hurting. I think there is a legitimate feeling, 'Why me? What did I do wrong."' Traffic doubled on some Mississippi highways as people fled inland from the coasts of Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. Alabama officials turned Interstate 65 into a one-way route north from the coast to Montgomery.

    However, confident that the hurricane would make landfall farther east, officials in New Orleans told nearly half a million residents they could stay home. A voluntary evacuation was lifted for suburban Jefferson Parish, including the barrier island town of Grand Isle.

    "We want you to be somewhat comfortable, but not totally relaxed," New Orleans Mayor Ray Angina said Saturday.

    Among the evacuees were tens of thousands of military personnel, their families and much of the war equipment that officials didn't want to leave in harm's way. At Hurlburt Field, home to the Air Force's 16th Special Operations Wing, not a plane was in sight Saturday.

    But many people refused to be scared away.

    http://&#91;img]http://images.ibsys.com/....jpg&#91;/img] Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say Hurricane Dennis has strengthened and is expected to gradually get stronger as it moves over open water.






    "I always stay," nightclub worker Clifton Ugh said in Gulf Shores, Ala. "I've never evacuated. We don't have any place to go. We'll have a couple of decks of cards and some candles and flashlights."

    "This is home. This is what we go through," Danielle Kelson said as she filled up gas cans in Pensacola.

    Some neighborhoods in Mobile, Ala., had the appearance of a typical Saturday as people mowed lawns, jogged, and shopped.

    "God's going to take care of me," Dorothy McGee of Prichard, Ala., said as she shopped for groceries. And besides, she said, "I have nowhere to go."



    Feeder Bands Ending In Central Fla.



    The heaviest feeder bands from Hurricane Dennis traveled through Central Florida Saturday night.

    "It is starting to peel away to the northwest, away from Central Florida," Sorrells said. "Some of the heavier feeder bands that we have already seen Saturday night will be the heaviest ones we will see, even though tomorrow promises to be an active day in Central Florida with a lot of thundershower activity and rain."

    Sorrells said the area will still get some lighter feeder bands rolling through the Central Florida area Sunday.





    Watch Local 6 Weather with Tom Sorrells, Michele Cimino and Larry Mowry for your forecast.

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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    Cat 4, 145 mph wind speed. Same as Andrew.
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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    Latest reports have Dennis hitting anywhere from Fort Walton Beach (a great, great little town about 40 miles east of Pensacola and about 40 miles from my house) to Mobile. Any way you look at it, the Florida Panhandle is gonna get walloped, because you never, ever wanna be on the east side of the eye, and thats where the lion share of the panhandle is gonna be.

    Ugh, I hope Pensacola survives - those poor people don't deserve this so soon after Ivan
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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    Puffy you've evacuated right?

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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    Latest update is winds at 140 MPH but some gusts near the eye have been as high as 185. Hurricane force winds are over a 200 mile area.

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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    Quote Originally Posted by Reds Fanatic
    Hurricane force winds are over a 200 mile area.

    Yikes. Last I heard yesterday, it was only 40 miles. This storm must have really strengthened over the past 12-24 hours.
    What if this wasn't a rhetorical question?

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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    Quote Originally Posted by letsgojunior
    Puffy you've evacuated right?
    Yup. I am in Central Florida right now
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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    Quote Originally Posted by paintmered
    Yikes. Last I heard yesterday, it was only 40 miles. This storm must have really strengthened over the past 12-24 hours.
    Actually the newsperson that said 200 miles just changed it to say Tropical storm force winds are over a 230 mile range.

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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    Yeah, I really feel for the people of the panhandle right now. Hope everyone stays safe.

    Hurricane force winds span 40 miles. Tropical Storm force winds span 230 miles.

    Puffy, I agree with you about Pensacola. Tough year for them.

    Edit: whenever a storm hits like this I really want to drop what I'm doing and go help with the clean-up. Wish I could, but work and all gets in the way.
    Last edited by SandyD; 07-10-2005 at 11:53 AM.

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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    [This map shows where the winds are expected to be the worst.

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    Re: Hurricane Dennis



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    Man Accidentally Runs Over Son While Preparing To Evacuate

    POSTED: 11:58 am EDT July 9, 2005

    DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol says a man accidentally ran over his three-year-old son while the family prepared to evacuate in the Panhandle ahead of Hurricane Dennis.


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    Highway patrol says 32-year-old Gerald Miller was either trying to park the family's van or back up to a trailer in the driveway of his DeFuniak Springs home.

    Miller's two sons, three-year-old Christopher and eight-year-old Brandin, were in the van as he put it in reverse with the right sliding door open.

    FHP Corporal Mark Weeks says Miller didn't see the boys jump out of the van and ran over Christopher.

    The boy was pronounced dead in the family's driveway.

    Highway patrol says drugs or alcohol were not involved in the accident, and that Miller probably won't face charges.

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    Re: Hurricane Dennis

    CNN said those of you in the Ohio Valley should start preparing yourselves for flooding as the storm is projected to stall inland and dump huge amount of rain.


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