At 1 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported Dennis had 100 mph sustained winds and was located about 355 miles south-southeast of Apalachicola in the Panhandle. It was moving northwest at about 14 mph.
Hurricane-force winds of at least 74 mph extended up to 35 miles from Dennis' center, and tropical storm-force winds stretched up to 175 miles out. Tornadoes, up to 8 inches of rain and storm surges of up to 6 feet were also expected. Flooding was also possible in much of the state because the ground is saturated from recent heavy rains.
The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) for residents needing information regarding Hurricane Dennis is 1-800-342-3557. The toll-free number is available between 8 a.m. and midnight eastern time. Additional information on Hurricane Dennis and the Florida State Emergency Response Team is available online at:
Developments Saturday related to Hurricane Dennis, the fourth storm and first hurricane of the young Atlantic season:
its way to Florida, said officials on the island. Earlier, 10 people were reported dead in Haiti from Dennis' passage.
reported 575 complaints of price gouging, with most involving gas prices. Price gouging carries a punishment of a $1,000 fine per incident or $25,000 a day. People with complaints should call 1-800-HELP-FLA.
centers for the evacuees were available for them in Macon and Columbus, Ga.
for Wednesday's liftoff at Cape Canaveral after NASA decided the
shuttle was out of the storm's range.