Saturday, July 09, 2005

Southwest Florida Braces For Winds and Water

LABELLE, FL. -- As Hurricane Dennis moves northwest of Key West this morning
on it's way into the Gulf of Mexico, residents of southwest Florida closely
watch the storm as strong winds and heavy rains enter the area. At Key West,
wind gusts were recorded at the airport at 72 mph with sustained winds of 50
mph. Monroe county is in a local state of emergency and no fire or rescue
services from Key West through Marathon are available. Three emergency
shelters are open in the lower keys but have no supplies. Rainfall in the
lower keys is expected to be between four to eight inches today.

In Hendry and Glades county, residents are under a flood and tornado watch
as is all of South Florida. In the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades City
areas, tides are expected to be four to six feet above mean sea level this
morning as the storm passes by, causing some roads to be flooded including
State Route 29 in the area of Chokoloskee Island south of Everglades City.

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