The head of the National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Dennis could become "much worse" before making landfall Sunday on the Gulf Coast.
Dennis already has sustained winds of 125 miles-per-hour, making
it a Category Three. But National Hurricane Center director Max
Mayfield anticipates it will continue strengthening. Mayfield says a Category Four storm -- with winds of at least 131 miles-per-hour -- can have tremendous damage well away from its center.
Dennis' center could come ashore in the Florida Panhandle,
Alabama or Mississippi. Evacuation orders have been issued for nearly one-point-four million people. Traffic doubled on some Mississippi highways as people fled inland from the coasts of Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. Alabama officials turned Interstate 65 into a one-way route north from the coast to Montgomery.