8:45pm -- Dennis has taken a turn to the north over the past couple of hours, something that will have to be monitored to see if it lasts. See Thomas Giella's and Clark Evans' latest blog entries below for reasoning as to why the recent deepening of the storm may be directly related to this recent turn.
The above image is from the NASA MODIS Gallery. They are updated infrequently, but have very very high resolution images. Desktop Wallpaper worthy quality.
The new forecast calls for a Category 4 landfalling system. The only thing that could perhaps weaken it is slightly cooler water over the Gulf near the coast, assuming it stays over the water long enough there. Excessive storm surge is possible, upwards of 10-20ft in some locations, if the forecast verifies.
It is deepening fairly rapidly, and there is nothing in the short term to keep it from doing so a bit more. Track is still towards Pensacola tomorrow evening, but all of the warning area needs to prepare for a potentially Category 4 storm making landfall.
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