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Sporadic power outages blinked through the region - about 30,000 customers in Miami-Dade and Broward losing electricity Friday night.
"We're working to get those customers restored as quickly as possible,'' said Kathy Scott, a spokeswoman for Florida Power & Light. "The nature of this storm looks as though it could cause problems throughout the night.''
DENNIS BACK TO A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE
As of 7 a.m. EDT Saturday, Hurricane Dennis was centered at 24.1 north and 83.2 west, about 95 miles south-southwest of Key West, Fla. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 105 mph with higher gusts and the central pressure is now 969 mb (28.61 inches). Most of the weakening that Dennis underwent was due to Dennis' interaction with the island of Cuba. Dennis is moving toward the northwest at 14 mph. Landfall still seems most likely later Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening on the north-central Gulf Coast between the Alabama-Mississippi border and the western Florida panhandle. This means conditions will begin to deteriorate in these coastal communities about sunrise Sunday.
A hurricane warning remains in effect for Cuba for the provinces of La Habana...Ciudad De La Habana...Matanzas...Villa Clara... Cienfuegos. At 5 a.m. hurricane warnings have been discontinued for Sancti Spiritus provinces on eastward. A hurricane watch remains in effect for the Isle Of Youth and the province of Pinar Del Rio.
A hurricane warning is also in effect for the lower Florida Keys from the Seven Mile Bridge westward to the Dry Tortugas. A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch are in effect for the remainder of the Florida Keys...east of the Seven Mile Bridge to Ocean Reef and Florida Bay.
A hurricane warning is in effect for portions of the northeastern Gulf Coast from the Steinhatchee River westward to the mouth of the Pearl River.
Originally posted by marg6043
Take care Muaddib, and stay safe, for the first time in weeks we have the best clear skies and no so humid weather today in GA.
I have family in Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville and west palm beach.
Originally posted by Muaddib
Does anyone know where the hurricane is at right now?
Originally posted by Muaddib
Thanks Gazz, the family in Florida is ok, we are still worried about our family in Cuba, we can't reach them yet and it will take some time before we hear anything from them.
The storm had strengthened Friday morning to a Category 4 with winds reaching 150 miles per hour, but weakened as it passed over Cuba. A reconnaissance plane measured maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour early Saturday.
It was expected to gain strength as it emerged over the Florida Straits and into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico later in the day.
Dennis was the earliest Category 4 hurricane on record in the Caribbean, according to Colin McAdie, a meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo escaped the brunt of the storm. Heaving surf tore away a lifeguard tower at Windmill Beach and winds destroyed a bus shelter. A few power lines and tree branches were knocked down and there was minor flooding.
"Actually, everybody fared real well," said Navy Cmdr. Anne Reese.
As of 3:00 AM EDT, Hurricane Dennis was a Category 4 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph. The lowest pressure is 934 millibars; which is a drop of 36 millibars within the last 20 hours.
As of 3 a.m. EDT Sunday, Hurricane Dennis was centered at 27.4 north and 85.9 west, or about 195 miles south of Panama City, Florida (275 miles southeast of Biloxi, Mississippi). Maximum sustained winds are 145 mph, with gusts to near 165 mph. The minimum central pressure is 934 mb (27.58 inches). Dennis is moving to the northwest near 14 mph. The barometric pressure within the hurricane has dropped a dramatic 36 millibars during a 20-hour time span, which is why it has become a Category 4 hurricane again.
While the window of where the eye will make landfall closes with time, there is still some uncertainty over exactly where it will be. The best chance is between extreme southeastern Louisiana and the western Florida panhandle. The storm is being steered around a high pressure area in the upper atmosphere east of Florida. The axis of that high is located over southeast Alabama and southern Georgia on east and how strong this ridge remains will be the determining factor in exactly where it comes in. The time of landfall should be Sunday afternoon or evening.
Dennis is a large storm, and the effects will be felt far and wide. Southern Florida has been dealing with strong winds, flooding rains, and severe thundestorms since yesterday, and will continue to over the next 24 hours, with this activity spreading northward into central Florida today. Winds have gusted to 74 mph at Key West early Saturday morning; the first time that hurricane force gusts have been felt in Key West since Hurricane Georges in September of 1998. Dennis' tropical storm force winds extend out to about 230 miles, so tropical storm force winds are already present along and just off the west coast of Florida. (Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles from the center). The threat for severe thunderstorms will also extend into northern Florida overnight and Sunday. The strong wind flow around the storm will also lead to a storm surge of 3-5 feet along the southwest coast of Florida. Bands of thunderstorms arcing into the Florida panhandle are at the northern part of the hurricane's effects.
Originally posted by ShadowHasNoSource