After making landfall near Pensacola, Florida, Hurricane Dennis has now weakened to a Category Two storm.
Dennis is now packing winds near 105 miles-per-hour, but is
expected to weaken to a tropical storm overnight. The National
Hurricane Center still warns of storm surge flooding up to 15 feet
Within minutes of Dennis' landfall, Florida Governor Jeb Bush
asked his brother, President Bush, to declare Florida a major
disaster area from the fifth hurricane to hit the state in less
than a year.
More than 119-thousand Florida homes and businesses are without
power. And the storm's effects are being felt far beyond the
Pensacola area. Some residents south of Tallahassee say they were
surprised by the storm surge. Some people had to be rescued from
homes surrounded by water.