Tropical winds, rain to continue into evening

Residents should expect sustained winds of 40 mph with guests as high as 60 mph this evening and continuing for several hours, according to emergency management officials.

Mayor A.J. Holloway this afternoon is advising residents to continue to monitor weather reports and to remember that a countywide curfew remains in effect.

The National Weather Service at 4 p.m. reported that Hurricane Dennis made landfall near Pensacola, Fla., as a Categfory 3 hurricane. The weather service also announced that the Hurricane Warning area has been reduced to include the area extending from the Mississippi-Alabama border to Destin, Fla., and the Tropical Storm Warning area now extends from the Pearl River to the Mississippi-Alabama border and from east of Destin to Longboat Bey, Fla.

Roadways in Biloxi remain desolate, save for Biloxi police officers, who are continuing increased patrols of streets and neighborhoods.

Emergency management leaders are warning that isolated tornadoes are possible and that the Tchoutacabouffa River, which has a flood stage of 8 feet, is expected to reach 9.5 feet tonight. The Biloxi River, which has a 12-foot flood stage, is likely to crest at 14.5 feet tonight.

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