Dennis Pounding Coast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hurricane Dennis is roaring toward the Florida Panhandle and Alabama coast with a 120-mile per hour squalls and crashing waves.

Dennis' eye has closed in on the same state-line spot where Hurricane Ivan crossed last year. Streets in the communities of Pensacola Beach, Fort Walton Beach and Gulf Shores, Alabama, are all but deserted. Few residents are willing to brave an expected 18-foot storm surge and up to 15 inches of rain.

Truck driver Bill Gray says he's seen hurricanes go down before, but Dennis has characteristics that aren't friendly.

Dennis is already responsible for at least 20 deaths in the Caribbean. It grew quickly in the open Gulf of Mexico into 145-mile per hour, Category Four storm.

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