ABC11 Together: Members of the community step up to help others after Hurricane Florence

ABC11 Together: Members of the community step up to help others after Hurricane Florence

ABC11 Together is highlighting good deeds as the community helps each other through the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. On Monday, Chopper11 HD captured a glimpse of residents feeding horses hay in high floodwaters in Pender County. During efforts in Lumberton, one man was offering water to members of the Army. This is a growing list. Check back for more examples of the community coming together to help after Hurricane Florence. (Copyright ©2018 WTVD-TV. All Rights…

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HURRICANE FLORENCE: Counties begin food distribution

HURRICANE FLORENCE: Counties begin food distribution

By Cammie Bellamy StarNews Staff Tuesday Sep 18, 2018 at 10:38 AM Sep 18, 2018 at 10:41 AM ‘We are thankful for the food blessing and we’re still alive — thank God’ WILMINGTON — Half an hour before a food and water distribution site was set to open in downtown Wilmington, lines of cars stretched down Front and Third streets. Residents — even a few tree-clearing crews — from all over central Wilmington were waiting for bottles of water and boxes of meals ready-to-eat (MREs),…

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‘The water is not finished’: Aerial tour shows SC flooding, hurricane’s impact

‘The water is not finished’: Aerial tour shows SC flooding, hurricane’s impact

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s flight over soggy parts of the state Monday turned from an observation trip to a rescue mission when he spotted two people stranded atop a flooded vehicle, surrounded by water rushing into the area from Florence. Flying with a South Carolina National Guard crew in a Blackhawk helicopter, the governor was taking a swing around Chesterfield and Marlboro counties when he pointed out of the helicopter at the men, who…

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Flooding still major concern

Flooding still major concern

9/18/18– The sun is out–and folks are starting the clean-up process–but officials want residents to remember–flooding threats remain in the wake of Hurricane Florence. The Northeast Cape Fear River is expected to crest Thursday at 24 point 2 feet. Leaders expect the most significant flooding the southeastern part of the state has ever seen.

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Duplin County reports 6 deaths resulting from Hurricane Florence

Duplin County reports 6 deaths resulting from Hurricane Florence

(Photo: Basil John/WWAY News) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Six people have died in Duplin County as a result of Hurricane Florence. Four deaths involved adults who washed away in flash flooding incidents at the beginning of the storm. Two more deaths involved people who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning. – Advertisement – According to Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace, fumes from generators on the back porch entered the house killing the victims and one of them…

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IRS warns of scams related to Hurricane Florence

IRS warns of scams related to Hurricane Florence

WASHINGTON ― In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that criminals and scammers try to take advantage of the generosity of taxpayers who want to help victims of major disasters. Fraudulent schemes normally start with unsolicited contact by telephone, social media, e-mail or in-person using a variety of tactics. •    Some impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. •    Bogus websites use names similar to…

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Flooding in Conway shows the need for I-73, SC congressman says

Flooding in Conway shows the need for I-73, SC congressman says

Rep. Tom Rice, waiting on a helicopter at Grand Strand Airport on Tuesday morning, said he’d visited shelters and emergency operations centers in Horry, Marion, Dillon and Marlboro counties the past few days. He was planning to take a helicopter tour of Florence, Marion and Dillon counties with a focus on how the agricultural communities are doing. He’s heard loss of corn and cotton has been a major issue, but overall the storm wasn’t as…

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Florence flooding updates: Rivers yet to crest; NC death toll jumps to 25

Florence flooding updates: Rivers yet to crest; NC death toll jumps to 25

Cumberland County is bracing for potentially dangerous flooding Tuesday as the Cape Fear River crests in the morning, with amounts expected to exceed that which were seen during Hurricane Matthew. Downloading the ABC11 app is the best way to stay up-to-date on the latest conditions from Florence. The rainfall that fell Monday night is accumulating in tributaries and flowing into the Little River and authorities are expecting as much as an inch of rain overnight….

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President Trump to visit Carolinas in hurricane’s aftermath

President Trump to visit Carolinas in hurricane’s aftermath

President Donald Trump will visit the storm-ravaged Carolinas Wednesday. A White House spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Trump would travel to North Carolina. However, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website, VIP movement is expected Wednesday in the Myrtle Beach area, too. “Pilots can expect airspace restrictions in conjunction with this VIP movement,” the FAA notice states. A source familiar with the trip’s planning told The State Monday that Trump is set to visit both Carolinas,…

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President Trump could visit Carolinas in hurricane’s aftermath

President Trump could visit Carolinas in hurricane’s aftermath

Speculation is swirling that President Donald Trump may visit the storm-ravaged Carolinas this week. According to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website, VIP movement is expected Wednesday in Myrtle Beach. “Pilots can expect airspace restrictions in conjunction with this VIP movement,” the FAA notice states. A source familiar with the planning told The State Monday that Trump is set to visit North Carolina, then swing through Horry County, stopping in the Conway area. An official with…

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School assessments after Hurricane Florence

School assessments after Hurricane Florence

SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – Tens of thousands of children across Southeastern North Carolina are out of school in the wake of Hurricane Florence. WECT is compiling information as it comes in from the local school districts on damage assessments and what parents can expect in terms of when students will potentially be able to return to class. This will be updated as more details are made available.  NEW HANOVER COUNTY SCHOOLS So far, preliminary…

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How to donate supplies and other items to help Florence victims

How to donate supplies and other items to help Florence victims

Eastern North Carolina was hit especially hard during Hurricane Florence. On the coast, many areas are still completely flooded, leaving people without basic necessities. ABC11 Together and the American Red Cross are teaming up on Tuesday, September 18, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for a Hurricane Florence Relief Drive.Here are some events and places to bring supplies. “FILL THE TRUCK”Garner Beginning Sept. 20 at 1 p.m., a “Fill The Truck” Florence Relief Effort will…

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How many trees did Florence down in Charlotte? Calls are ‘overwhelming,’ report says

How many trees did Florence down in Charlotte? Calls are ‘overwhelming,’ report says

By Monday afternoon, the City of Charlotte had received nearly 500 requests for workers to come out and deal with downed trees and limbs from Hurricane Florence, according to data released by the city. In a report dated 4 p.m. Monday, city officials said they could not determine how many major streets were blocked because of an “overwhelming volume of emergency tree requests.” Cleanup was well underway on Monday, Charlotte’s first sunny day after the…

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Florence Flooding: When area floodwaters will go away

Florence Flooding: When area floodwaters will go away

NORTH CAROLINA (WTVD) — Hurricane Florence brought flooding to many parts of North Carolina, and while some area rivers are expected to crest Tuesday or Wednesday, floodwaters should start to recede. But there’s some good news. Big Weather said since we won’t see much more rain and localized flooding should start to recede Tuesday and continue throughout the week. However, that’s not the case for several rivers. Many parts of the Cape Fear River, which…

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Latest: Fayetteville, Lumberton most at risk for flooding as rivers rise

Latest: Fayetteville, Lumberton most at risk for flooding as rivers rise

Florence is out of the Carolinas but left a trail of misery in its wake, killing dozens of people, flooding critical areas and destroying property. Headlines: At least 31 people have been killed in the storm and its aftermath, including 25 in North Carolina. More than 2,600 people and 300 animals have been rescued across the state. The Cape Fear River is expected to crest at 62 feet on Tuesday. Two tornadoes were confirmed Monday…

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4-year-old girl named Florence helps victims of Hurricane Florence

4-year-old girl named Florence helps victims of Hurricane Florence

CHICAGO, Illinois — A 4-year-old Chicago girl named Florence is trying to help victims of Hurricane Florence. Rain and wind from Florence have left thousands flooded and in need of help in North and South Carolina. That means young Florence Wisniewski – also known as Flo – has been hearing her name over and over in the past few days. Now, she is a force of her own. “I think people want to help and…

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Wrightsville Beach reopens for first time since Hurricane Florence

Wrightsville Beach reopens for first time since Hurricane Florence

Wrightsville Beach reopened for residents, property owners and business owners Tuesday morning. (Source: WECT) WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) – Wrightsville Beach reopened for residents, property owners and business owners Tuesday morning. A long line of vehicles was waiting when reentry began at 9 a.m. Residents were required to have a tax decal posted on their windshield to re-enter Wrightsville Beach. More information on the reentry process can be found below. Copyright 2018 WECT. All rights reserved. 

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Florence live updates from the field Tuesday: Watching the water rise

Florence live updates from the field Tuesday: Watching the water rise

Our reporters and photojournalists are in the field throughout the Carolinas reporting on the effects of Florence. Their Monday reports are here and their Sunday reports are here. You can follow them at https://twitter.com/newsobserver/lists/hurricane-mcclatchy Fayetteville, NC: Rivers still rising 7:35 a.m.: The Cape Fear River in Fayetteville was expected to crest on Tuesday, but another river in Cumberland County had already reached an all-time record. The Cape Fear in Fayetteville reached 58.89 feet as of…

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Florence live updates from the field Tuesday:

Florence live updates from the field Tuesday:

Our reporters and photojournalists are in the field throughout the Carolinas reporting on the effects of Florence. Their Monday reports are here and their Sunday reports are here. You can follow them at https://twitter.com/newsobserver/lists/hurricane-mcclatchy In the wake of Hurricane Florence, I wanted to take a moment to speak to our residents about what we have been through and where we go from here. Many people across the state and nation are still underestimating the impact…

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Hot, humid conditions on tap for the Triangle after Florence's exit

Hot, humid conditions on tap for the Triangle after Florence's exit

By Alfred Charles, WRAL.com Managing Editor Raleigh, N.C. — Florence is long gone from North Carolina but hot, humid weather has returned to the Triangle. Temperatures are expected to climb to the upper 80s on Tuesday and the air will be very moist, said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. Temperatures will drop to the upper 60s for the low. “It will still feel like summer and not fall,” she said. “Although fall officially starts Saturday.” Many…

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Pender County officials to update Florence rescue and recovery efforts

Pender County officials to update Florence rescue and recovery efforts

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100 die in Nigeria flooding as toll expected to rise

100 die in Nigeria flooding as toll expected to rise

Nigerian authorities say 100 people have died in flooding after heavy rains in recent days. A spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency tells The Associated Press that the deaths have occurred in 10 states and that the toll could rise. The Nigeria Hydrological Service Agency and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency say rising water levels will be higher than those recorded in 2012, when flooding killed 363 people and displaced over 2.1 million. The agencies…

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Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress

Floodwaters of Florence put North Carolina dams under stress

Devastating flooding in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has raised concerns about whether dams across the state, some of them already in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the strain. State officials have been monitoring dam safety in cooperation with local authorities and say there has been at least one dam breach so far, with no homes affected. But there have been several other locations of concern and false…

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Water will haunt Carolinas after Florence

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Water will haunt Carolinas after Florence

Like hurricanes Harvey and Katrina before it, Florence will be remembered for unleashing a staggering amount of water over a vast area. The flooding unfolded just as forecasters expected, but many residents in the Carolinas still seemed caught off guard as they were plucked off a vehicle’s roof or pulled by boat from their flooded homes. Whether they were just stubborn, short of resources to leave or believed they had already seen worse devastation, all…

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Flooding causes a hog lagoon to breach; others are at capacity

Flooding causes a hog lagoon to breach; others are at capacity

Hurricane Florence’s heavy rains last week, along with ongoing major flooding, has caused one small hog lagoon to breach and flooded four others, according to the N.C. Pork Council. In a statement Monday night, the Council said another seven are at capacity and appear to have overtopped. Still, the Council said after on-farm assessments and industry surveying, it did not believe there had been widespread impacts to 3,000 lagoons in the state that hold hog…

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Residents return to Pleasure Island after Florence

Residents return to Pleasure Island after Florence

A long line of cars extended down Carolina Beach Road from the Snows Cut Bridge Monday afternoon. (Source: WECT/Alex Giles) CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) – A long line of cars extended down Carolina Beach Road from the Snows Cut Bridge Monday afternoon. Dozens of people wanted to get across the bridge and check on their properties after a weekend of heavy wind and rain courtesy of Hurricane Florence. Law enforcement officers manned a checkpoint where…

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New York prepares for heavy rain from Florence remnants

New York prepares for heavy rain from Florence remnants

New York state’s Division of Homeland Security and Office of Emergency Management are activating to monitor the impacts of the remnants of Hurricane Florence as it moves into the state. Widespread heavy rain is expected through Tuesday in the southern half of the state, especially central New York, the Southern Tier, Capital Region and Mid-Hudson Valley. The Division of Homeland Security has sent swift water urban search and rescue teams to staging areas in Binghamton,…

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ABC11 Exclusive: Tour of Florence aftermath with U.S. Army's top officer

ABC11 Exclusive: Tour of Florence aftermath with U.S. Army's top officer

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley is at the top of the chain of the nearly 13,000 Army soldiers in North and South Carolina for rescue and recovery from Hurricane Florence. MORE: Full coverage of Florence On Monday, he invited ABC11 along for a tour of the hardest-hit areas south and east of the Triangle. “We are here for the long haul, and we’ll be here for whatever’s needed as long as it’s needed,”…

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Stuck in Charlotte after Hurricane Florence

Stuck in Charlotte after Hurricane Florence

CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Many people fled from coastal cities in North Carolina ahead of Hurricane Florence. Now that the storm is gone, getting back to their homes seems impossible. The St. Juste’s family evacuated from Wilmington last week. They aren’t sure when they’ll be able to get back to the city, that at one point, state workers said was inaccessible by land to get into or out of. “We are concerned about…

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NC struggling to recover after historic flooding

NC struggling to recover after historic flooding

(AP/FOX 46) It’s not every day you see a boat riding down a street, but this is reality for people living up and down the North Carolina coast as historic flooding is overtaking several communities.   In Scotts Hill just outside of Wilmington, several people have been cut off, stuck for days without power or any way to get out.  “Never-ever seen it like this. I’ve been here for 18 years,” Kim Saffo said.  Her…

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UNCW men's tennis team helping helping those affected by Hurricane Florence

UNCW men's tennis team helping helping those affected by Hurricane Florence

UNCW men’s tennis team helping helping those affected by Hurricane Florence (Source: WECT) WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The UNCW men’s tennis team isn’t on campus, but still trying to give back to those affected by Hurricane Florence. The Seahawks were answering phones at a Red Cross fundraiser at NBC affiliate WCNC in Charlotte. “We have been working the phones to help take donations for the Hurricanes Florence,” said UNCW freshman Dillon Gooch. The Seahawks stayed…

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Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 342,000 remain without power

Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 342,000 remain without power

As Tropical Storm Florence brings heavy, life-threatening floods, more than 389,000 are without power.As of 6:50 p.m., Monday, the statewide power outage total was 389,889. VIEW THE OUTAGE MAP BELOW. More outage information here Most of the outages are in Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus Craven, Duplin, New Hanover, Robeson, Sampson, Wake, Wayne, Pamlico, Pender and Onslow counties near the coast. RELATED: What to do if you lose power/Si no tiene electricidad después de una…

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Storm Stories: Carolina Beach resident says Florence beat Fran

Storm Stories: Carolina Beach resident says Florence beat Fran

A look at how local residents and emergency management officials fared during the storm CAROLINA BEACH — Ritchie Hertzel leaned against the back of a backup truck Monday, shirtless and tanned, with a beer in-hand and in-koozie. Hertzel spent Hurricane Florence at a one-story home at Hamlet Avenue and Fifth Street. He brought along some Budweiser, prepared to ride out the storm. When it brought some of its worst winds and rains to Carolina Beach, Hertzel…

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Fayetteville community stepping in to help after widespread flooding

Fayetteville community stepping in to help after widespread flooding

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — For many across Fayetteville, Monday was the first time since Hurricane Florence hit that they were able to see their homes. “We’ve actually tried to clean up some of the water, ” said Creek’s Edge resident Kevin Lewis. Lewis and his wife sought shelter at Seventy-First High School with many other families as flood waters consumed their home and caused extensive damage. Community groups have stepped in to help and Fayetteville…

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BIRDS-EYE VIEW: Aerial look at areas affected by Hurricane Florence

BIRDS-EYE VIEW: Aerial look at areas affected by Hurricane Florence

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As floodwater continues to rise in the wake of Hurricane Florence, many areas are inaccessible. That makes getting a true gauge of Florence’s impact difficult. This morning our ABC affiliate in Raleigh WTVD flew the coast from Topsail Island to Pleasure Island, including North Topsail Beach, Surf City, Topsail Beach, Figure Eight Island, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Wilmington. We asked them to check out Boiling Spring Lakes, which is inaccessible…

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Cajun Navy comes to NC to help Florence victims

Cajun Navy comes to NC to help Florence victims

WILMINGTON, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – The volunteer group known as the United Cajun Navy is in Eastern North Carolina doing what they do best and that’s rescuing people stranded by water. Men and women in the group turn their recreational boats into rescue vessels. So far, they estimate since Florence hit they have rescued more than 200 people. The need is still great. Even though the rain has stopped the flood waters continue to…

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Florence flooding taking a toll across Wilmington region

Florence flooding taking a toll across Wilmington region

Rivers reaching record levels; evacuations ongoing; supplies in short supply SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — Floodwaters reached record-high levels in Brunswick and Pender counties Monday as rainfall at the coast combined with rains inland, now flowing to the coast, created moving rivers of water across much of the region. “It is probably going to be the most significant flooding event the southeastern part of the state has ever seen,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo Monday. The Northeast…

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A brief Florence bright spot: Double rainbow in Durham

A brief Florence bright spot: Double rainbow in Durham

Hurricane Florence and its remnants have battered North Carolina with wind, rain, massive flooding and destruction over the last few days. On Monday evening, however, it brought a brief moment of beauty. Suchita Shah Sata, a hospitalist and internal medicine doctor at Duke University Hospital, captured a picture of a double rainbow at the hospital in Durham. Sata snapped the photo at 6:27 p.m. and posted it on Twitter. “We all took a minute,” Sata…

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Florence flooding puts dams, many high hazard, to the test

Florence flooding puts dams, many high hazard, to the test

Devastating flooding in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has raised concerns about whether dams across the state, some of them already in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the strain. State officials have been monitoring dam safety in cooperation with local authorities and say there has been at least one dam breach so far, with no homes affected. But there have been several other locations of concern and false…

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Houston helps victims of Florence

Houston helps victims of Florence

University of Houston Athletics spent Monday collecting donations for victims of Hurricane Florence. They plan to start day two of their hurricane supply drive at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and they’re throwing in free tickets to Saturday’s football game for people who make donations Tuesday. The football team has parked its H-Town Takeover equipment trailer at the southwest corner of TDECU Stadium on Scott Street, and they’re inviting members of the community to swing by and drop…

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Wilmington assesses damage from Florence's floodwaters

Wilmington assesses damage from Florence's floodwaters

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WTVD) — The sun is out in New Hanover County and crews continue to assess the damage from Hurricane Florence. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App The New Chase Development got hit hard during Florence. The strong wind gusts brought massive trees down on houses. Residents also have to deal with major flooding. Now that the water has receded, homeowners are assessing the damage. Shannon Lanier had…

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Hurricane Florence updates: 32 dead, including 25 dead in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence updates: 32 dead, including 25 dead in North Carolina

Thirty-two people have died as a result of Florence with 25 of those deaths in North Carolina, the Associated Press reports. On Sunday night, the body of a 1-year-old was found in Union County. His mother had escaped her car with him after the vehicle was washed away by floodwaters, but then she lost her grip and the boy was swept away, authorities said. Governor Roy Cooper confirmed all the North Carolina deaths in a…

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