Meteorologists say Hurricane Dennis could turn into a Category three hurricane by the time it enters the Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasters say Dennis could have winds of 111 to 130 miles per hour when it gets to the Gulf of Mexico. But they also caution that their ability to predict a storm's strength isn't very good that far in advance.
At 8 a-m in Miami, Dennis' center was about 160 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and about 165 miles south of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The storm had sustained winds of near 105 miles per hour.
Dennis is moving west-northwest at about ten miles per hour and is forecast to be anywhere from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to the west coast of Florida by Saturday.
The season's peak is still about four months away, and the Gulf Coast has already been affected by two tropical storms that brought rain and minor problems to the region.