Get Your Umbrella! Dennis Arrives in Region 8

July 11, 2005 – Posted at 4:28 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- What was once Hurricane Dennis has made it to Region 8. While the National Weather Service predicts that Northeast Arkansas is expected to get the most rain from the system in the state, it should be light to moderate.

The NWS reports that some of the winds that were on the fringe of what was Hurricane Dennis can already be felt Monday, and so far, Dennis has become a menace for most folks in Region 8.

"Nobody likes to get wet. My umbrella, you see is not too good of shape, it's barely holding it together now," laughed senior Craig Ward as he braced himself to walk down the street.

While most of the South is flooded from Hurricane Dennis, the winds and rain are not as fierce as what forecasters had feared, and things shouldn't be too bad for Region 8.

"We might see some isolated wind damage, that would be the worst case scenario. But so far the winds have been gusting up to 30 miles per hour, that's not too bad considering that the winds were 35 miles per hour earlier Monday when this was downgraded to a tropical depression," said KAIT forecaster Chris Castleman.

Officials say slow moving Dennis could bring flooding. "There is still a possibility that it may stall, so if it keeps on raining, watch out for those low lying areas," said David Moore of the Office of Emergency Management, "We've got another one down there in the ocean that's building up, we don't know what it is doing, but we'll keep an eye on it and watch."

"About all we will see out of this will be a lot of wind and a lot of rain, and the rain fall amounts, I would not be surprised to see around three inches before it's all said and done," said Castleman. It's expected that we could be feeling the impact of what was Hurricane Dennis for several days here in Region 8, so be sure to pack the umbrella.