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Designated Counties for Alabama Hurricane Dennis
Designated Counties for Mississippi Hurricane Dennis
Designated Counties for Florida Hurricane Dennis

Florida -- Last updated July 15, 2005 PM
Alabama -- Last Updated July 11, 2005
Louisiana -- Last Updated July 8, 2005
Georgia -- Laste Updated July 14, 2005
Mississippi  -- Last Updated July 11, 2005

Haiti -  Last Updated July 12, 2005
Cuba - Updated August 24, 2005

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Hurricane Dennis made landfall at 1925z...225 PM CDT...on Santa Rosa Island between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach Florida at landfall the intensity of Dennis was 100 to 105 knots...115 to 120 mph...category three on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. As damage and closure reports come in they will be posted below or on other pages we will link to from here.

Florida -- Updated July 15, 2005
1. Sheltering – There is currently 1 general shelters open in Santa Rosa County.
2. Fatalities – Currently there is 12 confirmed fatality related to Hurricane Dennis (2-Monroe, 1-Walton, 1-Nassau, 3-Escambia, 1 Broward, 3-Charlotte, 1-Santa Rosa).
3. Curfews – Currently there is 1 curfew in effect: Santa Rosa ( Navarre Beach)
4. Power Outages – Currently there are approximately 22,257 customers without power.
5. Damage – Approximately sixteen (16) counties have reported damage.
6. Boil Water – Santa Rosa (Navarre Beach, Dixonville area of Town Berrydale, Moore Creek-Mount Carmel), Oakaloosa (Destin Water Users only Holiday Isle, Walton (Regional Utilities, Mckinney Road, Apostles Way), Gulf (Cape San Blas), Franklin (Alligator Point), Gadsen (City of Gretna area bounded by Earnest O’Bakley, Circle Dr. E&West, Beach St., 4th, 5th, and 6th Sts.
County Status of Ports
Niceville and Freeport are open/ restricted.
Port of Panama Open but not useable for fuel deliveries….survey to be complete by Friday 7/15/

Updated July 14, 2005
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Hurricane Dennis Power Briefing Sheet
As of 8 a.m., July 14, 2005
Jeb Bush, Governor Craig Fugate, State Coordinating Officer
July 14, 2005 (850) 921-0384

As of 8 a.m., July 14, 2005
***The information below represents the best available information at the time of this
release. Floridians are encouraged to contact their local authorities for additional
information as it becomes available.***
Since Hurricane Dennis made landfall along Florida’s panhandle on July 10, more than
229,824 customers have power restored. Close to 51,951 customers across 4 counties
are without power.
Power outages are affecting approximately 47,998 Gulf Power Company customers and
3,953 cooperative customers.
At least 48 counties experienced power outages due to Hurricane Dennis. Power is now
100% restored across 44 counties and fully restored to Progress Energy Florida, FPL
and municipal customers. Gulf Power Company reports that 95% of customers will have
power restored by July 18.

• Franklin: Restricted access to St. George Island.
• Santa Rosa: Navarre Beach is closed.
For additional information pertaining to county evacuations, re-entries and
curfews, please contact the local county emergency operations center.

• General Shelters: 2; Population: 246
o Escambia (1): 90
o Santa Rosa (1): 156

7/14/2005 3:55 PM Page 2 of 3
• Escambia: Pensacola Beach – 10:00 pm – 4:00 am
• Okaloosa (Destin): 10:00 pm – 6:00 am
• Santa Rosa: Dusk till Dawn

Toll Status
• Mid-Bay and Garcon Point Bridges in Florida’s panhandle – these tolls were reinstated Thursday, July 14, 2005, at 5:00 a.m. EDT.

Road/Bridge Closures
• Hwy 98 from SR 65 east to Carrabelle closed due to wash out
• U.S. 98 from Okaloosa Island to Destin open to 2-lane traffic

Airport Closures
No airfields in Florida are currently closed due to storm-related damage.

Boil Water Advisories
• Pensacola Beach
• Perdido Key
• Alligator Point
• St. George Island portion of Eastpoint Water System
• City of Gretna: area bounded by Earnest O’Bakley, Circle Dr. E & West, Beach
Street, 4th, 5th and 6th Streets.
• Cape San Blas
• Destin Water users – includes Holiday Isle only
Santa Rosa
• Navarre Beach
• Bagdad-Garcon
• Dixonville area of Town of Berrydale
• Moore Creek-Mount Carmel
• South Walton Utilities, areas south of Scenic Gulf Drive
• Regional Utilities - McKinney Road, Apostles Way and connecting streets
For additional information pertaining to boil water notices, please contact the local county emergency operations center.

Presidential Disaster Declaration: FEMA – 1595 – DR
Individual Assistance: Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties
Public Assistance: Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson,
Monroe, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton and Washington Counties
Hazard Mitigation: All counties in Florida are eligible to apply.
Call 1-800-621-FEMA for individual assistance registration or visit
For more information, please visit

Department Of Health Urges Precautionary Measures To Prevent West Nile Virus And Other Mosquito-Borne Illnesses
Tallahassee - Due to floodwaters from Hurricane Dennis, Florida Department of Health
(DOH) officials emphasize the importance of Florida's residents and visitors protecting
themselves against mosquito-borne diseases.  visit DOH's Environmental Health Web site at,

Updated July 13, 2005 PM
River flood warnings are currently in effect for the Conasauga River, Oostanaula River, Oconee River, and the Flint River of Georgia.
1. Sheltering – There is currently 1 general shelter open in Santa Rosa County.
2. Fatalities – Currently there is 9 confirmed fatality related to Hurricane Dennis (2-Monroe, 1-Walton, 1 Nassau, 1-Escambia, 1 Broward, 3-Charlotte).
3. Curfews - There are currently 2 counties with curfews in effect: Santa Rosa and Okaloosa.
4. Power Outages – Currently there are approximately 109,286 customers without power.
5. Damage – Approximately sixteen (16) counties have reported damage.
6. Boil Water Notices – Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Walton Counties have issued Boil Water

Airports And Bridges
All FDOT District 3 construction zones are cleared as of 7/9/05
Bob Sikes Bridge in Escambia county to Pensacola Beach, restricted to locals only 7/12/05
U.S. 98 in Okaloosa county from Okaloosa Island to Destin West of Coast Guard office closed due to waves breaching roadway—appprox. 75% U.S. 98 gone in this area 7/12/05.
U.S. 98 in Franklin County from Carrabelle Beach to S.R. 65, closed due to road washed away 7/12/05
S.R. 30B in Gulf county at Indian Pass, closed due to hole in road 7/12/05
S.R. 30 E in Gulf county at Stumphole, closed due to road washed away 7/12/05
U.S. 98 in Wakulla from Panacea to Ochlockonee Bay Bridge restricted to locals
U.S. 98 in Wakulla county from Carrabelle to Eastpoint closed due to road washed away 7/12/05
Scenic Gulf Drive in Walton County from Wakulla County line to Okaloosa County line, closed to road washed away 7/12/05
Both East and West bound I-10 Escambia Bay Bridges are now open
Duke Field (EGL) closed except “Official Business Only until 7/31/05 fo hurricane recovery efforts
Okaloosa Regional Offcial Business only” for hurricane recovery for Military. Commercial flights resumed joint effort.
Tyndal-“Official Business Only until 7/21/05
Panama City closed –Survey complete 7/15/05
Niceville closed to reopen 7/18/05

• The Florida Emergency Information Lines (FEIL) have been activated (1-800-342-3557)

County Damage Reports New Reports only
Wakulla Preliminary reports show 24 structures were destroyed, 185 sustained major damage, 302 had minor damage. A total of 511 structures were affected.

Florida -- Updated July 13, 2005 AM
County Damage Only Newly reported
County Damage Reports Curfews
Calhoun Nothing reported.
Escambia Preliminary reports show 42 structures were destroyed, 41 sustained
major damage, 55 had minor damage and 100 have some level of
damage. The City of Pensacola reports 82 structures were affected. The
Extension Center reports 1,000 farm structures and 500 farm dwellings
have some form of damage. 10:00 pm- 4:00 am
Leon -- Flooding on Tram Road and South Oak Ridge
Taylor -- Hickory Mound Impoundment (HMI), a portion Big Bend Wildlife Management Area, experienced significant damage due to a tidal surge caused by Hurricane Dennis. HMI is located west of Perry within Taylor County and fronts the Gulf of Mexico. FWC is still assessing the extent of the damage as portions of the impoundment dike are inaccessible at the moment. Water flooding the sewer system in Keaton Beach.

Florida -- Updated July 12, 2005
1. Sheltering – There are approximately 22 general and 3 special needs shelters currently open.
2. Fatalities – Currently there are 4 confirmed fatalities related to Hurricane Dennis. (1-Walton, 1- Nassau, 1-Escambia, 1-Broward)
3. Power Outages – Currently there are approximately 273,341 customers without power.
4. Damage – Eighteen (18) counties have reported unofficial damage reports .
5. Boil Water Notices – Boil Water Notices have been issued by Santa Rosa and Walton Counties.
6. Flooding – Rivers throughout Florida are experiencing some flooding

County Damage Reports
Calhoun - Apalachicola River Flood Stage is 15 Feet.
Collier - 30 feet of a roof blown off at Collier Boulevard.
Dixie - Major flooding in coastal areas.
Escambia - I-10 Bridge is open. The Three Mile Bridge connecting Gulf Breeze and Pensacola is closed until further notice. Shelters will close as populations empty with the exceptions of Century/Carver Middle School and Pensacola Civic Center. They will remain open based on need.
Franklin - Approximately 17 businesses sustained structural damage, 5 of which are substantial; 6 residences damaged and 1 totally destroyed; on the north side, 10 residences and 1 commercial property sustained flood damage; east of Bryant Patton Bridge (Patton Dr.) 6-10 small commercial structures sustained significant damage. Parts of Highway around Carabelle, and downtown Apalachicola are flooded, and parts of Highway 98 washed away. Roads at Timber Island are flooded. Highway 98 is closed between Apalachicola and East Point. Liberty The Estifanulga boat landing has major damage from high water and there are several roads that have damage from the storm water runoff. 40 trees were knocked down into the right of way from the storm. Crews are currently cleaning up this and other debris.
Gulf - Boil Water notice. Minimal damage to residences. Indian Pass road closed. SR 30 at Highland View Area is hed out.
Jackson - Power has been restored to the City of Campbelton and the traffic light at Hwy 231 and Hwy 2 in Campbelton is functioning. The city of Campbelton is without power and Gulf Power says it may be tomorrow before full power is restored. The traffic light at Hwy 231 and Hwy 2 in Campbelton is non-functioning. No significant damage other then limited debris and fallen trees.
Jefferson - Power outages and trees down.
Leon - Power outages and trees down.
Levy - Damage assessment will be completed by the end of today 7/11/05. Ceday Key and Yankeetown, Florida were impacted by heavy flooding and recovery efforts are underway. Cedar Key Airport is closed until further notice due to debris and water at both ends of runway. C40 from C40A to the County Boat Ramp closed until further notice. SR24 is closed west of Bridge #4 in Cedar Key until further notice. Water levels reach 2 ½ feet.
Madison - Trees down and minor flooding.
Monroe Damage has occurred throughout the Keys and is limited primarily to vegetation debris, as well as power, phones and TV cables. There is light structural damage, limited mostly to screen rooms, roof shingles and a few roofs with structural damage.
Okaloosa - Econo Lodge on 3101 Hwy 85 south lost roof containing 100 people and 2psn. They have been moved to another shelter. No report of injuries. US 98 between Destin and Fort Walton is closed. Mid-Bay Bridge between Blue Water Bay and Destin closed until further notice. Highway 98 closed and flooded between Destin and Okaloosa Island. Bob Sites airport open and Sunshine Aviation open, Naval facilities operable.
Santa Rosa - 3 damaged fire stations; Holley-Navarre and Jay: partial roof damages; E. Milton: door and window damages. The following county roads are blocked: Adams and Chumuckla Highway, Quintette and Chumuckla Hwy., Quintette at Escambia Co. Line, Mulat Rd., S. of Avalon, Berryhill at Whispering Woods, Glover Lane at Hamilton Brodge Rd., 4509 and 4618 Hickory Shores, Keystone at Wheeler, Quintette as Escambia Co. Line, Ward Basin at Heller Road, Norris Road, Soul St. (under water), Chinquapin (under water), Grand 3; Diamond St., Northrup at Meadowlark, 6285 Hamilton Bridge Rd., Delmonte at N. 29th St., Sweet Bay at Woodbine, and Willard Norris.
Wakulla - As of 3:30 pm today, the estimated homes damaged by Dennis exceeded 100 with at least 30 totally destroyed. A few roads, especially Hghway 98 was severely damaged. Damage Assessment Report is in progress and expected to be completed by late Tuesday evening, July 12. Also, power maybe off for at least one week or until the homes and areas have been inspected. Sewer systems are down in some areas and generators maybe needed. Coastal roads are flooded. Highway 98 is closed until the Franklin County line.
Walton - A precautionary boil water notice has been issued for a portion of South Walton Utilities water system located south of Scenic Gulf Drive. Damage assessment in full force; suffered severe beach damage, both to the coastline and homes/condos in many different areas. The following roads are closed in Walton County: Scenic Gulf Drive to the Okaloosa County line, 30A at Oyster Lake and Fort Panic, and Bell Drive is closed off Caswell. The I-10 bridge is closed in Pensacola. The Choctawhatchee Bay bridge is to residents of south Walton, and a photo ID with a address will be needed before entry is allowed. Clyde B. Wells Bridge is open. Thompson Road across from Bryan Rd., Raley Rd., at the pavement and Bell Dr. Washington The current road closures as of 12:30PM 7/10/05 are as follows:
Pike Pond Road (obstruction);
Porter Rd. off Gilbert's Mill Rd.
Intersection of Orange St. and 4th St.
3488 Holmes Valley Rd.-obstruction
Intersection MLK Blvd. and Campbellton Rd.-Power lines currently down
Watford Circle-obstruction
Bethel Road-obstruction
Highway 77 North, ¼ mile inside the county is closed due to complete road obstruction.
Updated July 10, 2005
CONSEQUENCES: 1. Evacuation – Several counties have ongoing evacuation orders. 2. Sheltering – There are approximately 36 general and 10 special needs shelters currently open. 3. Fatalities – Currently there is 1 confirmed fatality reported in Walton County. 4. Power Outages – Currently there are approximately 119,115 customers without power. 5. Flood Watch – A Flood Watch is in effect for the entire Panhandle through Sunday night. 6. Tropical Storm Warning – A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from the Pearl River to Alabama/Mississippi border and from east of Destin to Longboat Key, Florida. 7. Tornado Watch – A Tornado Watch is in effect for Northwest Florida until 11pm tonight. 8. Hurricane Warning – A Hurricane Warning is in effect from the Alabama/Mississippi border to Destin, Florida.

On July 10, 2005 Governor Bush requested that the President issue a Major Disaster declaration.
As of 6:00 a.m. July 8, 2005, the Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) has been activated. Residents needing information regarding Hurricane Dennis can now call 24 hours a day. The toll-free number is: 1-800-342-3557

Collier -- 30 feet of a roof blown off at Collier Boulevard Dixie -- Major flooding in coastal areas.
Franklin -- EOC stated that parts of Highway around Carrabelle was flooded and parts of Highway 98 washed away at this time.
Also flooding around downtown Apalachicola.
Jefferson -- Power outages and trees down Leon -- Power outages and trees down Levy -- Homes and Businesses inundated with water in Cedar Key and Yankeetown. Cedar Key Airport closed until further notice due to debris and water at both ends of the runway. Damage has occurred throughout the Keys and is limited primarily to vegetation debris, as well as power, phones and TV cables. There is light structural damage, limited mostly to screen rooms, roof shingles and a few roofs with structural damage.
Okaloosa -- Econo Lodge on 3101 hwy 85 south lost roof containing 100 people and 2spn. They are leaving and going to a shelter. No report of injuries. Road between Destin and Fort Walton is flooded.
Washington --The current road closures as of 12:30PM are as follows: Pike Pond Road-obstruction; Porter Rd. off Gilbert's Mill Rd.; Intersection of Orange St. and 4th St.; 3488 Holmes Valley Rd.-obstruction; Intersection MLK Blvd. and Campbellton Rd.-Power lines currently down; Watford Circle-obstruction; Bethel Road-obstruction; • The SEOC is activated at a Level 1 Florida Updated 7/10/05
• The I-10 Pensacola Bay Bridge is closed between Davis Highway (SR 291), Exit 13 and Avalon
Blvd. (SR 281), Exit 22. The Primary detour route will include US 90 between Davis Highway and Avalon Blvd. Motorist should travel north from Davis Highway or Avalon Blvd to US 90 and then follow the signs.
• The Secondary detour route (if US 90 route is closed) will include using US 29 (Exit #10B) to SR 4 (at Century) East (to Milligan) to US 90 (to Crestview) to SR 85 (Exit #56). Need to follow signs

Alabama -- Updated July 11, 2005
119,115 customers are without power. Most of these are in peninsular Florida and should be back in service tomorrow.
• If the damage is like Ivan there will be approximately 450,000 without power after the storm.

July 11, 2005 - COUNTY DAMAGE
Dale Ozark - James Street washed out, house damaged. Trees down, power outages, all shelters closed.
Coffee - Paved roads open; Trees down on eight (8) county roads (cleared). Some debris. Spotty power outages.
Hale - 30-40 trees across road, ¼ to ½ county power outage.
Coosa - Trees down on Highway 9, County 17 , County Road 56, power outage in Cottage Grove area Covington Eight (8) buildings with no roofs, 4 house with trees on them, tree on a daycare, ¼ population with no power.
Tuscaloosa - Downed trees, phone lines down, 10,000 without power
Crenshaw - Downed trees, 200 without power
Escambia Atmore – 75,000 cubic yards debris, Extensive damage to homes and businesses, 100% of city without power. Low lying areas flooded Extensive damage to Flomaton, Atmore and Poarch Creek Indian Reservation
Butler - Trees down, power outages, special needs shelters open
Houston - Trees down, some houses damaged, one (1) shelter open, power outages Clarke - Scattered debris, 1202 people sheltered, 6,258 customers without power
Monroe - Southern Pines Utility – Four (4) substations down in their area. Major power outage, some trees down
Wilcox - Trees down, 60-70% power outages, repeaters down (Law & Emer.) personnel, some flooding Washington - 1,200 without power, one (1) business with roof collapsed, one (1) resident with tree through roof, one (1) church with tree through roof
July 9, 2005 - Governor Riley Orders Evacuation for All of Mobile County and Baldwin County South of I-10

Alabama Power reports 78,278 outages
Rural Electric Co-Op reports 17,342 outages

July 10, 2005 - President approves disaster declaration for Alabama Counties -The Presidential disaster declaration approved assistance for individuals in Baldwin and Mobile counties. As assessments are made, more counties could be added to this declaration. Storm victims in Baldwin and Mobile counties can call the FEMA tele-registration line to apply for assistance at 1-800-621-3362 and for the speech and hearing impaired at 1-800-462-7585.

The Presidential disaster declaration also approved infrastructure assistance to local governments in the following counties: Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Conecuh, Monroe, Houston, Geneva, Covington, Coffee, Dale, Henry, Barbour, Pike, Crenshaw, Butler, Wilcox, Clarke, Washington, Lee, Russell, Bullock, Macon, Montgomery, Elmore, Lowndes, Autauga, Dallas, Marengo, Choctaw, Chambers, Randolph, Tallapoosa, Clay, Coosa, Talladega, Chilton, Shelby, Jefferson, Bibb, Perry, Tuscaloosa, Hale, Greene, Sumter and Pickens.

July 9, 2005 - Governor Riley Requests Federal Disaster Declaration to Expedite Federal Assistance and Resources
July 8, 2005 -- Governor Bob Riley today ordered the Alabama Departments of Transportation and Public Safety to implement a daytime lane reversal on Interstate 65 on Saturday, July 9. Governor Riley made the decision based on the high volume of northbound traffic on I-65 as people evacuate the coastal areas.

Louisiana. Updated July 8, 2005
July 8, 2005 - Governor Kathleen Blanco has declared a state of emergency.
Louisiana. State Officials Urge Phase 1 Evacuations For Low-Lying Areas

Georgia Updated July 13, 2005
Governor Requests Assistance for Hurricane Dennis

ATLANTA – Governor Sonny Perdue today requested disaster assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) for Cherokee, Cobb, Colquitt, Douglas and Worth counties due to the impact of Hurricane Dennis. The Governor’s action will enable eligible disaster victims and small businesses to receive low-interest loans to assist in repairs to property..
Donated Goods Needed in Worth County

(Sylvester, GA) — Recovery efforts are under way in Worth County, where nearly 100 homes were flooded as a result of Hurricane Dennis. Local and state emergency management officials continue to assess the damage and are coordinating the effort to provide badly needed goods and services to the victims of the storm.

“We are hoping that Georgians will band together to help our neighbors in the southern part of the state who have been impacted by devastating flooding,” says Office of Homeland Security-Georgia Emergency Management Agency (OHS-GEMA) director Mike Sherberger.

Donated goods are being received at 509 North Main Street in Sylvester, Georgia (the old Snipes IGA grocery store). At this time, mosquito repellant, commercially canned foods, bottled water, baby formula, baby diapers (all sizes), personal hygiene products, non-perishable foods, leather gloves, cleaning supplies, such as bleach, mops, brooms and buckets, plastic plates, cups and cutlery, paper plates, napkins, towels and toilet tissue, disposable gloves (rubber or latex) and trash bags (all sizes) are needed. Donations of used clothing are not needed.

For more information on providing donated goods, contact the Worth County Emergency Management Agency at (229) 776-8223.

Updated July 10, 2005
July 10, 2005 -- The State Operations Center (SOC) continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Dennis and is in a Partial Activation Phase. Traffic counts from Florida and Alabama have dropped to below normal levels, as Dennis nears landfall near the Pensacola Florida area.
Florida and Alabama report high compliance with western panhandle and Mobile area evacuations.
One shelter is scheduled to open at 5:00 p.m. in LaGrange, Georgia, at the request of Alabama EMA officials, to assist with capacity in Chambers and Lee Counties (Alabama).
The SOC is continuing coordination with Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to provide several emergency management and medical staff to assist Alabama in response and recovery efforts.

Governor Declares State Of Emergency For Hurricane Dennis
July 8, 2005 - GEMA Public Affairs staff has been working with the Georgia Department of Economic Development today regarding hotel/motel availability in the state. The Department of Economic Development is currently updating this information and providing it to the SOC for posting on the GEMA website. They are also providing this information to Visitor’s Centers across the state, so that personnel there may assist evacuating citizens with securing accommodations.

Mississippi  -- July 11, 2005
The following counties are reporting damages to MEMA as a result of heavy rains and high winds:
· Jackson County: 30 homes with minor damage, 15 mobile homes with minor damage, and five business with minor damage.
· Jasper County: One death due to a car wreck during the storm
· Kemper County: Four homes destroyed
· Lauderdale County: Three homes with major damage and one mobile home with minor damage
· Neshoba County: One home with minor damage
· Newton County: One home with minor damage
According to the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi, there were over 24,000 reported power outages at the peak of the storm in Mississippi. Current power outages remain in Jones, Wayne, Newton, and Clarke counties. All power is expected to be restored by late evening today.

July 9, 2005
Hancock County EMA issued a mandatory evacuation for all low lying areas that have been prone to flooding. People in mobile homes should also make preparations to evacuate. The people of Bay St. Louis and Waveland are also under a recommended evacuation for low lying areas.
Harrison County: Countywide curfew starting at 12:00 noon on Sunday due to Harrison County receiveing tropical storm force winds. The curfew applies to all cities and towns as well as to unincorporated areas.

July 11, 2005 - ELECTRIC POWER: Alabama Power reports 240,481 outages
Rural Electric Co-Op reports 65,505 outages

July 8, 2005 - Jackson County Civil Defense declared a mandatory evacuation of all Zone A residents including all low lying areas, mobile homes, campgrounds and beach front. The Jackson County Civil Defense highly recommends evacuation of all other areas. A nightly curfew will go into effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning Saturday.
July 9, 2005 - Mississippi Emergency Management officials are urging residents in north and central Mississippi to begin preparations for Hurricane Dennis. Forecasters predict the strong possibility of damaging winds (winds more than 50 mph), tornadoes, and flooding rains of 4 to 8 inches in counties along and north of Interstate 20 once the storm makes landfall and continues to track to the northwest Sunday night and Monday.
Residents living in mobile homes should make plans to seek other shelter and make evacuation plans if necessary.
For information on shelters go to the MEMA website at

July 8, 2005 --Governor Declares state of emergency for Hurricane Dennis. The American Red Cross is working to identify shelter spaces in Grenada, Lee, Madison, Monroe, Oktibbeha, Tate and Washington counties. The shelters should be open this evening.

Links to these State's Emergency Management Agencies can be found below.

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More than 12 percent of the Gulf of Mexico's daily oil production was shut off Wednesday.
Airlines waive change fees as Hurricane Dennis menaces USA
Haiti, Jamaica report flooding from storm

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image on July 6, 2005, at 10:05 a.m. local time (15:05 UTC) when Dennis was building to winds of 110 kilometers per hour (70 mph).
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(A Hurricane Watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.)
1. Listen to a battery-operated radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
2. Check emergency supply kit.
3. Fuel car.
4. Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys, and garden tools and anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.
5. Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows. Remove outside antennas.
6. Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly.
7. Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles, and cooking utensils.
8. Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home. 9. Review evacuation plan.
10. Moor boat securely or move it to a designated safe place. Use rope or chain to secure boat to trailer. Use tiedowns to anchor trailer to the ground or house.
Source:      Florida's Division of Emergency Management

Haiti -  Updated July 12, 2005 Port au Prince.
Apart from the destruction of the bridge of Grand Goave, only limited damages could be observed.
According to official figures, at least 11 people have died, 20 are injured and 3 are still missing. 15 000 people are affected in some way.
Southern Department (Departement du Sud)
- Coastal zones slightly flooded - No major damages on infrastructure

Western Department (Departement de l'Ouest)
- The bridge of Grand Goave is completely destroyed and repair is urgent. -
In Petit Goave more than 250 houses are inundated and 25 completely destroyed.
Nippes Department (Departement de Nippes)
- Coastal zones slightly flooded
- No major damages on infrastructure
South East Department (Departement de Sud Est)
- Agricultural sector severely affected
- 47 houses are destroyed or damaged
Grande Anse Department (Departement de Grande Anse)
- Coastal zones slightly flooded
- No major damages on infrastructure

Cuba Updated August 24, 2005 -- The Church World Service: Emergency Response Program CWS Emergency Appeal: Cuba/Hurricane Dennis Response August 23, 2005


>From July 8 - 9, 2005, Hurricane Dennis, a category-4 storm, with 135  mph winds and gusts up to155 mph, wreaked havoc on Cuba, leaving 16  persons dead and some 50,000 persons homeless. It hit the island in  Granma Province (capital city is Bayamo), crossed the South Sea,  re-entered Cuban territory again thru Camaguey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti  Espritu, and Las Tunas provinces, before it exited the island's Havana  Province July 9 as a Category 2 hurricane.

Devastation is estimated at $1.4 billion (U.S.). A total of 120,000  homes were severely damaged --15,000 totally collapsed and 25,000  partially collapsed. Roof damage is in the tens of thousands.

Agricultural impact includes damages to some 25,000 acres of mango  trees; citrus fruits, banana, papaya, and vegetables crops; destruction  of some 50 irrigation machines; and significant loss of livestock,  including an estimated 73,000 chickens.


Through July 2006, CWS will support the work of the Cuban Council of  Churches (CIC), a long-time partner and Action By Churches Together  (ACT) member. The group is coordinating direct assistance to 1,000  families (approx. 5,000 persons) through its area churches and local  partners. Components of project implementation include food relief,  housing construction and repair, household items, psychosocial programs,  livelihoods assistance, and other capacity building initiatives in two  districts of Granma Province -- Niquero and Pilon.

Based on assessments conducted in the region, which involved CWS  International Response and Recovery Liaison Donald Tatlock, CIC is  focusing its response in Niquero and Pilon due to extent of destruction,  and the rural and isolated nature of these mountainous districts. CIC  is prioritising emergency assistance to displaced families with young  children, pregnant women, and the elderly -- many traumatized by the  extent of damage.

 CIC activities include:

Emergency Food Distribution for one month (budget $62,268): (All food items will be purchased locally)

§ 15,189 lbs. of beans (15 lbs per family) § 10,378 lbs. of meat (chicken, beef, tuna) (10 lbs. per family) § 15,189 lbs. of vegetables § 10,378 lbs. of powdered milk

Non-Food Items:

CWS is shipping 7,335 "Gift of the Heart" Health Kits, 1,050 "Gift of  the Heart" Baby Kits, and 6,250 lightweight CWS blankets, valued at  $149,708 for distribution by CIC to hurricane-affected families.

Additional non-food items (budget: $222,371, includes purchase,  transportation, and storage) and includes:

§ Personal hygiene kits (5,189) § Sewing kits (5,189) § Sheet sets (bottom and top sheet) (5,189) § Mattresses (2,000)

 Housing and Reconstruction (budget: $500,000 or $5,000 per home):

§ In conjunction with local governments, CIC will coordinate and  facilitate the reconstruction of 100 homes

 Psychosocial Support ($12,800):

§ Includes training, workshops, pastoral accompaniment, recreation, art,  and other expressive activities

 CWS is also issuing this emergency appeal -- Cuba/Hurricane Dennis  Response (Acct. #6752) in the amount of $80,000 as part of the total  initial requested assistance package from ACT (ref. LACU-51) for  $879,303 (combined material resource value and cash donations). CWS  encourages strong support for this appeal.

For more specific information, including detailed budget descriptions,  contact CWS ERP or go to the ACT web site: (ref.  LACU-51).

Updated July 14, 2005 -- This is a partial update of our July 13, 2005 report which my be found  below
Short term:
15. Local Governments report as immediate needs: mattresses, power  generators, water purification tables (chlorine), canned food, jerry cans for drinking water and products for plague control.

Middle and long terms:
16. In the middle and longer terms as support to the reconstruction and rehabilitation effort the main need is roofing for thousands of destructed homes.

The complete situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at:

Cuba - Updated July 13, 2005
This report is based on information provided by the Office of the United
Nations Resident Coordinator in Cuba.


1. Dennis, a category IV Hurricane, has affected Cuba from its Eastern-most tip to the province of Havana. It severely affected the country for over 40 hours until it sped away on 9 July as it entered the Florida Straits at a point just east of the city of Havana. The eye of the storm briefly penetrated on 5 July the Eastern Cuban province of Granma. Dennis is the strongest storm that has affected Cuba in July in the past 8 decades and was the fourth violent storm in only 38 days of the 2005 hurricane season.

2. Dennis directly struck 12 of Cuba's 14 provinces, with a population of 8 million out of the 11.1 million Cubans, meaning that 72% of the population was exposed. Dennis carried flood-causing rains, violent coastal penetrations and devastating winds of some 200 kilometers and hour and even stronger gusts near the center. Initial estimates of damages run into one and half billion US dollars.

The hurricane severely affected all Southern coastal areas as well as a string of small islands known as "Jardines de la Reyna", gravely affected.

3. This storm provoked the death of 16 persons, a very unusual event in recent Cuban history. 13 of the dead lived in Granma province, 2 in Santiago de Cuba and 1 in Sancti Spiritus, the latter in central Cuba.

4. Material damages have been diverse and very critical to the population. The most serious include the destruction or damages to homes and other buildings, to the road and highway systems, bridges, communications -including the downing of radio and TV towers, to electricity and telephone networkS as well as - last but not least - to agriculture.  A very serious consequence has been the contamination of drinking water systems.


Damages to housing:
5. Some 120,000 homes were affected: 15,000 collapsed, other 25,000 had partial destructions, 24,000 had the roofs blown away and 60,000 had partial damages in their roofs. The heaviest damages were sustained in the South Eastern part of the country, although it must be pointed that many of the homes had structural deficiencies.  The heavy damages sustained by many homes carry negative economic and social consequences to the affected families and to their communities.

6. Many of affected families have been lodged in schools now closed
because of the summer vacation period.  The affected families receive food and medical care. Despite the attention they receive, their homes should be repaired at the earliest possible time.

Damages to the electricity and telephone systems:
7. Very serious are the damages inflicted to the power and telephone systems. The storm downed high tension's pylons and electricity lines in all the affected provinces. A spokesman for the Electric Union -the country's power company - said most the generating stations had to halt to reduce or prevent the possibility of damages to the generators. The storm thus caused the failure of the nation's power system, which began to be restored as of 11 July.

8. Efforts are being conducted for the restoration of the east-west national grid. At the same time, brigades are replacing more that 1020 downed poles. 21 whole counties in Cuba were still without electricity service as of 11 July.

Although the telephone grid functioned in several areas during and after the storm's passage, 28 cities and towns in Eastern and Central Cuba still lacked as of 11 July telephone connections to the rest of the country and the outside world.

In Matanzas and Cienfuegos provinces, in central Cuba, at least 14 communication towers (10 radio and 4 television) were downed and twisted by the ferocity of the winds.

Damages to the road and railway systems:
9. Communications by road and rail have suffered heavy damages in Eastern and Central Cuba. A major road linking Santiago de Cuba and Granma provinces were cut by avalanches from the Sierra Maestra mountain range caused by heavy rains and winds.

The same situation is repeated in other provinces, where fallen trees and utility poles have interrupted communications. Some places are still only accessible by helicopters.

Damages to Agriculture:
10. Damages to agriculture and the food industry have been very heavy in all the affected 12 provinces of Cuba, mainly fruit, vegetable and edible roots. Urban agriculture, a very significant agricultural production system supplying populated areas, has sustained heavy damages.  Urban agriculture is very important in Cuba since almost 80% of the Cuban people's lives in urban areas.

Although damages have not been yet estimated in agriculture, it is already evident that they are very serious and undermine the possibilities of the population to purchase produce, meat and pulses. The local economies have likewise sustained heavy damages and its negative impact is now beginning to be felt.

Cienfuegos and Granma provinces are reporting the loss of 27 thousand hectares of the most diverse agricultural crops, a figure very close to the total planted areas. The storm also destroyed agricultural storage containers, structures for farm animals, egg farms and other
agribusiness installations.

It must be noted that these are very partial figures. As reports come in from other provinces, the whole picture will be more evident, showing devastating losses in agriculture, including animal husbandry, and food production and processing units.

Damages to the health sector:
11. The health system did not escape from the fury of DENNIS. Even though the building structures of health installations are stronger than average and all precautions had been taken, the brutal force of the winds and heavy rains combined to strike and cause damages to several health units in different provinces. However, medical teams were on the alert nationwide and provided assistance to those in need of it.

Damages to the water sector:
12. Very important are the damages to water and sanitation systems. The lack of electricity has affected the normal operation of water systems. Likewise, many water sources were contaminated (70% of the source in Granma province) by flooding. As a result, two and half million persons lack running water services and rely on water tankers for their supply. Likewise, home water deposits were contaminated and cleaning is underway in virtually all areas.

Cleaning brigades continue removing fallen trees and in general any other debris left by the storm.

13. In general, coastal, mountain and valley areas from Cuba's Eastern tip to the west were the most affected. Low-lying areas suffered from flooding. Only Pinar del Río province and the western part of Havana province escaped from the fury of the hurricane. Granma province was particularly affected by the storm.

14. - 1 535 545 persons were evacuated, 129 626 of them students, as well as 16 873 foreign tourists.
- 978 food preparing centers adequately stocked along with 1,804 evacuation centers were activated. Some 140,000 persons worked in life prevention and evacuation activities, and 1,600 Civil Defense units were mobilized.
- Medical teams and clean-up brigades worked all through the emergency and continue their activities as needed.

Short term:
15. Local authorities report has immediate needs: mattresses, power generators, water purification tables (chlorine), canned food, jerry  cans for drinking water and products for plague control.

Middle and long term:
16. In the middle and longer terms as support to the reconstruction and  rehabilitation effort the main need is roofing for thousands of  destructed homes.

Cuba -- July 11, 2005 -- From OCHA Situation Report No. 5
Between 7-9 July, Hurricane Dennis, classified as a category IV event, has devastated some 600 km of territory in Cuba, triggering a serious sea surge, flooding, landslides and heavy rains. The maximum sustained winds reached above 200 km/PH with extreme gusts.

According to the UN Resident Coordinator's office in Havana, Hurricane Dennis has caused extensive damage in 11 provinces, affecting some 8 million persons, out of the total population of 11.1 million, rendering this one of the most devastating natural phenomena affecting the country in the last decades.

The most affected areas are: Guamà, II and III Frente in Santiago de Cuba province, Pilon, Niquero, Media Luna, Campechuela and Manzanillo in Granma province, Santacruz del Sur, and Vertientes in Camaguey province, Trinidad, Tunas de Zaza y Mèdano in Sancti Spiritus province, Manicaragua in Vila Clara province and all municipalities in Cienfuegos province, Cienaga de Zapata and Jaguey Grande in Matanzas province.

According to official figures received from the National Civil Defense, 10 persons have been killed, while 1,535,545 have been evacuated, of which 129,626 were students and 16,873 tourists. Major damages are reported in the housing, agriculture electricity, water supply, telecommunication and transportation sectors.

A preliminary assessment of the National Civil Defense indicates that 46,318 houses were damaged. 14,617 houses suffered total destruction, of which 6,327 collapsed and 8,290 with destroyed roofs. Consequently 73,000 persons are left homeless and 158,500 persons are without adequate shelter as the roofs of their homes were completely destroyed.
Cuba -- July 10, 2005
According to information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's office in Havana, Dennis caused extensive damage in the provinces of Granma, Santiago de Cuba, Sancti Spiritu, Cien Fuegos and Villa Clara. Other provinces affected, though to a lesser extent, are Matnazas and Havana.
Granma -- Communication by land with Santiago de Cuba is blocked due to flooding. The municipalities of Pilón and Niquero have been seriously damaged as well as the tourist villages of Punta de Piedra, María del Portillo and Farallón del Caribe. Aproximately 6,000 dwellings have been affected. Damages to maize and banana crops are also reported. In Santiago de Cuba, the most affected municipality is Guama, which can only be reached by air.
According to official figures, 8 people died and 1,433,900 were evacuated, of which 162,000 are staying in temporary shelters. Close to 11,000 tourists were also evacuated by the Government and remain safe. Most of the evacuees are staying with friends or relatives. Major damages are reported in the housing, electricity, telecommunications and transportation sectors.
All communications with the province of Granma are interrupted. The Cuban Civil defense has dispatched helicopters to begin damage and needs assessment.
July 9, 2005 -- Cuba's National News Agency is reporting that severe damage took place in the provinces of Granma, Sancti Spiritus and Cienfuegos. The Disasters Center of the National Defense Council (NDC)preliminary estimate is that more than one million people remain in alternative housing across the country, with more than 189,000 in shelters.
The official number of dead in Cuba is ten. This seems like a remarkably low number given the strength and duration of the storm over the island.
Twenty-two are now reported to have died in Haiti.

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Hurricane Dennis grew into a major hurricane as it moved north through the Caribbean Sea.
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