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Damage reports coming in from Dennis

Coastal authorities are beginning to get a better look at the damage left behind by Hurricane Dennis. In Destin, Florida -- where the hurricane made landfall -- authorities have closed Holiday Isle and Crystal Beach because of significant damage to homes.

Still, early reports indicate only one death in Florida so far -- a man electrocuted by a downed power line in Fort Lauderdale. Well over half a million homes and businesses in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi have lost power because of the storm.

The main utility for Florida's western Panhandle area says customers should be prepared to do without power for three weeks or longer. The storm surge also washed out about 40 miles of coastal federal highway around the fishing village of St. Marks. Dennis is now centered over southwestern Alabama and forecasters say heavy rain and tornados are the storm's major problems now.

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