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Dodging Dennis

It's not the first time Tallahassee is spared the brunt of a hurricane that devastates other parts of Florida.

Looking around Tallahassee on Sunday, it may be hard to believe people living here are once again calling themselves lucky and feeling fortunate.

The City of Tallahassee and Leon County both manned their respective emergency operation centers, waiting to see what Dennis would send this way.

Both governments say all things considered, it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

Michelle Bono, the City of Tallahassee spokesperson, said, "We consider ourselves very fortunate considering our friends to the west. We had a quiet morning, we did have a system come through around 10:30 that left 10,000 to 14,000 people without power over different times."

Now, crews will be working overtime to make sure people without power are reconnected, people trapped by fallen trees are freed, and those who simply need some help, get it.

"I think we're like the rest of the state, we feel fortunate, but you hate to see anyone in our state or country have to undergo a disaster of this magnitude, but then again, you're thankful it's not your community or residents," shared Richard Smith, Leon County EOC Director.

The county and city say that as soon as cleanup is done in Tallahassee, both agencies will be sending crews westward once again.

Leon County EOC says cleanup crews have already been selected to head west. As soon as it's safe to do so, they will be on the way.

Outages occurred throughout the day, peaking at 13,500 customers without power. The Fire Department received 132 calls for service. That is nearly twice the normal amount. The Police Department received 429, moderately higher than usual.


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