Hurricane Dennis is creeping closer to the Florida Keys, and forecasters say the Category Four storm could intensify. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Dennis is an "extremely dangerous" hurricane. The storm has 135 mile-per-hour winds. At five am its eye was about 320 miles south-southeast of Key West. It's moving northwest at about 16 miles-per-hour.
Dennis is due to enter the Gulf of Mexico late tonight or early tomorrow according to Meterologist Erick Black wit the National Hurricane Center.
"We expect a little weakening as it interacts with Cuba then a re-intensification as it heads in the eastern Gulf."
Forecasters say the storm could drop 4 to 8 inches of rain today over the extreme end of southern Florida. A storm surge of 3 to 6 feet was possible in the lower Keys. Forecasters are warning residents from Louisiana to Florida to get emergency supplies and plan for possible evacuations. They also caution Dennis' damage would range well inland.
Friday, 08 July 2005 01:00