Hurricane Dennis Update

By: 23 Weekend News
By: 23 Weekend News

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.

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