Hurricane Dennis makes landfall on Gulf Coast near Pensacola
Monday, July 11, 2005
, and were the first Florida counties hit by the of the hurricane at 3:25 Sunday afternoon. The small storm eye of the powerful hurricane spared the region more major destruction.
The compact storm picked up travel speed from 14 to 18 mph as it came to within 3 hours of landfall, where the storm's eye made for the Pensacola Bay. Its strength suddenly dropped from Category 4 before it struck land and moved swiftly inland. It continued to gain speed, traveling at 21 mph, while its strength sapped to Category 2 on a track into the Ohio Valley.
Residents ofand who remained in the region, were told hours before the storm's arrival that storm shelters were full, and they were urged to stay home or find other shelter. In Escambia County Florida, officials announced at 2pm they were no longer able to respond to calls for help due to the high winds.
The storm came 10 months after, which struck the panhandle and region last year. Dennis landed just 50 miles east of Ivan's, where recovery efforts from that storm were still ongoing. The Dennis landfall matched Ivan's Category 3 wind speeds.
Power outages were reported in Mobile and across the panhandle. Florida governor Jeb Bush promised in a televised press conference that all efforts to restore power would be done as quickly as possible so that, "people can help themselves" recover from the storm. A hospital administrator at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola said it lost power at 2:30pm, and can operate 60 hours using back-up power generators.
In Alabama, interstate highway I-65 was re-routed for northbound traffic only when an evacuation order was issued on Friday, by , for and counties. Northern parts of the state, up into the southern part of Tennessee, were booked full with those who evacuated. A curfew lifted Sunday at 6pm in the city of Mobile.
The Mississippi region was victim of the Category 5 storm, , in 1969.
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- "Hurricane DENNIS Forecast/Advisory" — , July 10, 2005
- "Hurricane DENNIS Position Estimate" — , July 10, 2005
- "Real-Time Newsradar on Hurricane Dennis" — , July 11, 2005
- "Okaloosa County Emergency Operations Center" — , July, 2005
- "Santa Rosa County Citizen Service Center" — , July, 2005
- "Escambia County Home Page" — , July, 2005
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