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‘Threat Becomes Reality’: Florence Begins Days Of Rain, Wind

‘Threat Becomes Reality’: Florence Begins Days Of Rain, Wind

By JONATHAN DREW WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 100 mph (155 kph) winds for a drenching…

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Smart Outraged By Planned Release Of 1 Of Her Kidnappers

Smart Outraged By Planned Release Of 1 Of Her Kidnappers

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST , Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Elizabeth Smart said Thursday the news that one of her kidnappers will be released next week was “a big shock,” but while she urged authorities to reconsider the decision she also conceded there is no viable, legal recourse for her to pursue. Wanda Barzee…

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Hurricane Florence’s Winds And Rain Begin Lashing Carolinas

Hurricane Florence’s Winds And Rain Begin Lashing Carolinas

By JEFFREY COLLINS , Associated Press MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — The outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina on Thursday as the monster storm moved in for an extended stay along the Southeastern coast, promising to drench the homes of 10 million people with immense amounts of water.…

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Time Nearly Up: Fierce Hurricane Florence Aims At Southeast

Time Nearly Up: Fierce Hurricane Florence Aims At Southeast

By JEFFREY COLLINS , Associated Press MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Time is running short to flee Hurricane Florence, a monster of a storm zeroing in on the Southeastern coast with more than 10 million people in its potentially devastating sights. Florence’s top sustained wind speeds dropped from a high of 140 mph (225 kph)…

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Storm’s Uncertain Track Sows Fear; 10 Million In Crosshairs

Storm’s Uncertain Track Sows Fear; 10 Million In Crosshairs

By JEFFREY COLLINS , Associated Press MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Hurricane Florence put a corridor of more than 10 million people in the crosshairs Wednesday as the monster storm closed in on the Carolinas, uncertainty over its projected path spreading worry across a widening swath of the Southeast. Faced with new forecasts that showed…

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