KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) -- Utility workers are busy trimming trees away from power lines in the Florida Keys, but officials expect outages by the end of the day.
The head of the Florida Keys Electric Co-op says the weather is getting worse, "pretty quickly."
The first rain from Hurricane Dennis began falling Friday morning on the Keys. Forecasters say the storm could batter the islands by Friday evening. Tourists were ordered out of the Keys Thursday, and everyone in the southernmost part of the Keys is being told to leave.
Friday, tourists were asked to leave Alabama's beaches. People are also being asked to leave a flood-prone area south of New Orleans.
Traffic heading inland is already picking up. In Summerdale, Alabama, the manager of a convenience store says gasoline and ice are big sellers.
In Florida, some gas stations are out of fuel. There are long lines at some of the stations that still have supplies. State officials say dry pumps will be re-stocked by tomorrow. Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.