Just before 5 p.m. CDT, the National Hurricane Center issued this special statement:
Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicates that Tropical Storm Dennis has reached hurricane strength. Shortly before 527 p.m. EDT, reconnaissance aircraft measured a flight-level wind of 79 KT in the northeast quadrant on their outbound leg, which equates to a surface wind of about 71 KT.
A central pressure of 985 MB was also measured. Based on this information, Dennis is being upgraded to a hurricane and a special advisory will be issued at 6 p.m. EDT.
That means we're dealing with Hurricane Dennis. Where will it go? That's the big question. NewsChannel Seven's VIPIR 7 Weather Team will keep you informed around the clock until Dennis is no longer a threat.
Tune into NewsChannel Seven for the latest on Hurricane Dennis.
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