I'm hearing from friends in south Alabama and the Florida Panhandle that thus far, Dennis has done much less damage than anticipated. "Nothing like Ivan" is what I'm hearing from several people. That's no consolation to those who did get severe damage, though, and I'm sure there are plenty of them. The beaches in Destin and Walton County are said to be extremely eroded by the storm surge.
My folks (in Alabama) didn't even lose electricity, for once. After Opal in 1995, it was out for over a week.