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Northern Covington County delighted Dennis treaded lightly

The adjective that best describes the feeling of residents of northern Covington County is probably 'relief.'

With only isolated reports of damage, residents are grateful Dennis wasn't any stronger than it was.

The wind and rain did make for an exciting afternoon for some, but 911 operators, who expected many more calls, say they were happy to have been able to "dodge the bullet."

And although the storm may have looked fierce, it is estimated the winds never topped 40 mph.

Kristi Stamnes, Covington County's EMA Director, said, "We've been blessed not to have any more damage than what we have had."

Not everything escaped damage in the area. The winds were heavy enough for a huge pecan tree (pictured left) uproot itself and go through the roof of a local day care center.

The tree put on a show for a next door neighbor, who watch the whole drama unfold.

Cindy Myers says,"It just kept leaning and leaning and leaning and we just kept videoing and finally it went and when it did, the power went out."

In downtown Andalusia, business owners were prepared for the worst. Some of them used the same plywood they had used for Hurricane Ivan. This time, building owners just crossed out one name and wrote in another.

In the end, the preparation in Andalusia proved unnecessary and the damage wasn't nearly as bad as expected.

Several more downed trees and power lines were reported south of Andalusia. In fact, we're told the town of Florala was hit slightly harder than Northern Covington county.

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