Meteorologists say Hurricane Dennis has weakened to a tropical storm, but still poses problems for much of the southeastern United States.

The storm hit Florida, Alabama and Mississippi with less force than anticipated, but officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) still consider the storm a devastating one.

Emergency relief crews are assessing the damage. So far, there have been no deaths reported as a direct result of the storm.

Officials say major structural damage is not as widespread as had been expected. An estimated half a million residents are without electricity.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.