Dennis has made landfall as a minimal Category 3 storm, between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach, it is moving inland now and weakening rapidly. Strong gusty winds, some to hurricane strength may still be felt miles inland.
The landfall time was at 2:25PM CDT. There was a gust to 121 miles an hour recorded at a monitoring tower at Navarre Beach. Damage reports are sparse now, but we may get some before the night falls. The worst was to the east of the landfall point.
The National Hurricane Center predicted landfall position almost dead on, intensity wasn't too far off. Luckily the storm was in the middle of an eyewall replacement when it made landfall, which kept it from going back into strong 3 status. Similar to ivan, but slightly stronger than ivan, the core was smaller than Ivan however. Intensity was off, and in Florida's favor.
Aparantly and thankfully dry air managed to sap the system and distrupt Dennis during the eyewall replacement cycle. This weakened Dennis almost as rapidly as it strengthened yesterday.
The possibility was mentioned, but not entirely expected.
The wave in the Central Atlantic may become TD#5 in the next few days, potentially as early as late tonight.
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