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Dennis Downgraded to Tropical Storm

One of the businesses damaged by Dennis on the US 90 north highway of Pensacola, Fla., on July 10.
One of the businesses damaged by Dennis on the US 90 north highway of Pensacola, Fla., on July 10.

As a Category 4 hurricane, Dennis looked destined to become the strongest storm ever to hit the U.S. Gulf Coast. But then, just before coming ashore, Dennis weakened to Category 3 and was later downgraded to a tropical storm. Sunday evening, residents started to survey the damage.

Crews are working to restore electricity to more than half a million people who lost power in the storm. The hardest hit areas were in western parts of the Florida panhandle, with thousands in Alabama and Mississippi losing power as well.

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