At about 1930Z today, Dennis made landfall very near Pensacola, FL as a CAT3 storm, having weakened from a strong CAT4 just hours prior to landfall. So far, no US deaths are attrbuted to Dennis, but 32 have occurred in Haiti and Cuba. There have been 7 tornadoes reported in association with Dennis, and more are likely tomorrow. For the latest watches and warnings, visit http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/wwa/ As of 03Z on 7/11, TS Dennis was located inland over central Alabama at 32.3N 87.8W and tracking NNW at 14kts. The central pressure is up to 980mb and the maximum sustained winds are 55kts. Further weakening is expected as time goes on, but the threat for flash flooding and tornadoes still exists from the southeast US all the way up through the Ohio River Valley. Steering flow is forecast to become very weak in the coming days, so the moisture associated with Dennis could linger and cause significant flooding. Going back a few days to July 6, a very potent tropical wave exited the African coast (the same one I referred to in my 7/7 Tropical Update). It was just upgraded to TD5 based on satellite presentation. It's at 10.8N 42.9W... about 1300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles... and tracking W at 10kts. Estimated intensity is 25kts and 1010mb. Gradual intensification is forecast, reaching the Lesser Antilles by Thursday or so. If this becomes a Tropical Storm, its name will be Emily.Please visit my tropical Atlantic headquarters.
10 July 2005
Dennis makes US landfall, TD5 forms in deep tropics...
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