The skies and streets are calm in the Florida Keys. But, in just hours, Hurricane Dennis' winds and rain are expected to arrive.
The Category Four storm with 135 mile per hour winds could skirt
the island chain on its path toward the Gulf of Mexico -- or it could deliver a direct hit.
Thousands have fled the Keys. Store owners have boarded windows.
Motorists had to wait in line at gas stations. Tourists ended their vacations.
All tourists and some residents were ordered to evacuate the Florida Keys, and Governor Jeb Bush has declared a state of emergency.
At 7 a-m in Miami, Dennis' eye was about 230 miles southeast of
Havana, Cuba or roughly 285 miles south-southeast of Key West. It's
moving northwest at about 12 miles per hour.
The last time Key West was hit by a major hurricane was 1948, a time when President Truman had his Little White House on the island city.