Hurricane Dennis

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Meteorologists are still trying to figure out what bumped Hurricane Dennis off its apparent path toward Mobile Bay.

But Weather service officials note they accurately predicted Dennis' ultimate course when it was still nearly 700 miles away.

Randy McKee of the National Weather Service in Mobile says Mobile Bay was spared a direct hit yesterday after Dennis briefly shifted to the north.

McKee says such shifts are common with tropical systems.

As Baldwin County emergency management director Leigh Anne Ryals
says -- quote -- "we dodged a bullet."

Many regular services -- such as the postal service -- are scheduled to proceed as normal today. The storm left more than 280-thousand people without power statewide yesterday.

The hurricane's 120-mile per hour winds pounded ashore in Florida between Pensacola and Navarre Beach. That's to the east of Gulf Shores, where Ivan made landfall last year.