Dennis Downgraded to Tropical Storm 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.
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Dennis Downgraded to Tropical Storm

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Dennis Downgraded to Tropical Storm

Dennis Downgraded to Tropical Storm

Dennis Downgraded to Tropical Storm

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

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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.