Hurricane Dennis Update

Bracing For Dennis
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Hurricane Dennis has closed in on the Gulf Coast after strengthening into a Category Four storm.

It's plowing toward a region still recovering from a hurricane ten months ago. Landfall is expected this afternoon somewhere along the coast of the Florida Panhandle or Alabama in virtually the same spot as last year's Hurricane Ivan. Nearly 9-thousand people are in shelters in Florida alone.

In Pensacola Beach, Richard Kirk is trying to clean up debris from the road and pile sandbags around the Sabine Yacht and Racket Club, a 12-story building. Al Hoffman is leaving his home southwest of Pensacola, which is still being rebuilt.

Escambia County sheriff's investigators say a 79-year-old man at a Pensacola special needs shelters died, but it appeared to be due to natural causes.

At 11 a-m eastern time, Dennis' eye was about 80 miles south-southeast of Pensacola in the Panhandle and 125 miles southeast of Mobile. It's moving north-northwest at about 18 miles per hour.