Hurricane Dennis

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State troopers say traffic is moving smoothly up converted one-way Interstate 65 from the Mobile area to Montgomery this morning. But it's clear that tens of thousands in Mobile County and parts of Baldwin are ignoring a mandatory evacuation order.

Some say they've never evacuated. Others are heading out, just as they did during Hurricane Ivan less than a year ago.

Dennis is the earliest hurricane to reach Category 4 strength in the Caribbean on record. It dropped in strength to Category 1 after passing over Cuba, but is now a Category 2, with top winds of 100 mph. It's forecast to reach the northern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

State troopers turned I-65 into a one-way, four-lane from the Mobile area to Montgomery this morning. It will go back to a two-way interstate at five o'clock this afternoon.

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