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Originally posted by Phoenix
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Remember Ivan from last year?
Ivan was a category 3 hurricane and hit in just about the same area Dennis is now headed. Ivan caused billions of dollars in damage.
Dennis makes landfall as a Category 3 Hurricane
As of 5:00 PM EDT, Hurricane Dennis was a Category 2 Hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 105 mph. The lowest pressure is 950 millibars (28.05 inches). The storm has weakened since early this morning. Hurricane Dennis was centered at 30.8 north and 87.2 west, or about 20 miles north of Pensacola, Florida.
The storm made landfall about 3:25 pm EDT between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 115-120 mph. The storm is moving northward across extreme western Florida, and will continue moving inland and weakening tonight.
Dennis is a large storm, and the effects will be felt far and wide. Dennis' tropical storm force winds extend out over 200 miles to the north of the storm. Winds of hurricane force extend about 25 miles outward from the center. There will also be the risk for tornadic activity north and east of where the center comes inland.
Heavy rain will result in freshwater flooding across inland parts of the Florida Panhandle as well as in interior portions of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and southeastern Louisiana. Residents living near rivers should be alert for abrupt rises in river levels.