MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Waves stirred up by Hurricane Ike have
forced the closing of the Dauphin Island bridge and the eastbound
lanes of the Mobile Bay Causeway.

Both were shut down Thursday morning due to high water.

Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier says the power went out on the
island Thursday morning and Dauphin Island Elementary School was
closed due to the hurricane headed for Texas.

School officials expect it to reopen Friday.

Some minor beach erosion on the Alabama coast could occur
through Saturday from Hurricane Ike's move into Texas, but
emergency officials do not expect heavy rainfall.

The National Weather Service in Mobile has extended a coastal
flood warning across the Mobile Bay until noon Saturday.

Tides could be up to five feet above normal.


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