Gulf Coast Braces for Dennis

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Dawn has broken over the northern gulf coast with light rain and moderate winds. Both of which are expected to increase in intensity as Hurricane Dennis approaches.

After weakening to a Category Two storm over Cuba, Dennis regrouped in the Gulf yesterday and became a Category Four storm
again early this morning, with sustained winds of 145 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center has no record of a Category Four storm ever hitting the Florida Panhandle or Alabama.

At 7 a-m, Dennis' eye was about 165 miles south-southeast of Panama City in the Panhandle and 205 miles southeast of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Forecasters say it's moving north-northwest at about 15 miles per hour and expected to turn more to the north before landfall.

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