Wayne County announces donation sites for Hurricane Florence relief

Wayne County announces donation sites for Hurricane Florence relief

WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) — Storm damage and flooding have created an immediate need of assistance for many of our neighbors. If you are in Wayne County and would like to donate items for victims of Hurricane Florence, you can take them to the Train Depot on West Main Street in Mt. Olive and the Farmers Market at the Maxwell Center on Wayne Memorial Drive in Goldsboro from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. beginning Monday,…

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Florence death toll at 17, including 3-month-old

Florence death toll at 17, including 3-month-old

The death toll attributed to Florence stands at 17, including 11 in North Carolina and six in South Carolina. —30-year-old Rhonda R. Hartley died early Sunday after driving a pickup truck into standing water near Gilbert, South Carolina, losing control and hitting a tree, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. —A 3-month-old baby boy died when a large pine tree fell atop a mobile home, splitting it in the middle, according to…

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NWS confirms tornado touched down in Porters Neck area Saturday night

NWS confirms tornado touched down in Porters Neck area Saturday night

The National Weather Service confirms an EF0 tornado touched down briefly at 9:30 Saturday night. (Source: WECT) The tornado touched down on the north side of Porters Neck Road between Porters Neck Road and Tibbys Drive. (Source: WECT) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The National Weather Service confirms an EF0 tornado touched down briefly at 9:30 Saturday night. The tornado touched down on the north side of Porters Neck Road between Porters Neck Road…

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Valley man remembers Hurricane Ike ten years later

Valley man remembers Hurricane Ike ten years later

PHOENIX, Ariz. (KSAZ) – One Valley man says the recent images of now Tropical Depression Florence lashing the Carolinas brought back difficult memories for him.  The images coming out of the Carolinas is almost too much to bear for Scott Hodges. “It was kind of a shock for me,” said Hodges. He had to be evacuated 10 years ago when Hurricane Ike came ashore in Texas as a strong category two hurricane, leaving a path…

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Florence damage, flooding seen in Wrightsville Beach

Florence damage, flooding seen in Wrightsville Beach

WATCH LIVE: Florence flooding is most dangerous right now, Governor says Curfews, bus service, trash pickup schedules – what you need to know after Florence Florence updates: 17 dead, including 11 in NC More than 632,000 remain without power as crews work to restore service Floodwaters rise in North Carolina, evacuations begin in Lillington

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Leland residents rescued from flooding

Leland residents rescued from flooding

Rescuers unload people, pets, and cargo from a military vehicle. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY) LELAND, NC (WWAY) —  After flooding increased Sunday, creating hazards for many in the Cape Fear, one neighborhood had to be rescued and taken to shelter. A rescue team transported neighbors and their pets to the Leland Cultural Arts Center temporarily, while they awaited transport to the North Brunswick High School shelter. – Advertisement – Neighbors reported water coming into their homes, and…

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‘One Carolina’ T-shirt to be sold with proceeds benefiting Hurricane Florence relief

A T-shirt company is marketing new items to raise money to help the Carolinas in the recovery from Hurricane Florence. Palmetto Shirt Co. announced the “One Carolina,” shirt and decal. The company said that all proceeds from both items will be “used for disaster relief in the Carolinas.” Both the T-shirt and decal are colored in navy blue with white and feature an image of North Carolina and South Carolina. There is a stripe across…

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Drone video shows widespread flooding in Kinston, NC following Hurricane Florence

Drone video shows widespread flooding in Kinston, NC following Hurricane Florence

Coast Guard rescue swimmer investigates truck in dangerous flooding Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jordon Shevlin, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Atlantic City, NJ., gets battered and buffeted to investigate a truck caught in dangerous flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 16, 2018.

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Concern for sewage spills from Florence flooding

Concern for sewage spills from Florence flooding

WILMINGTON ,NC (AP) – As rain from Florence continued to lash the Carolinas, the region’s swollen rivers were beginning to swamp coal ash dumps and low-lying hog farms Sunday, raising pollution concerns. Duke Energy said the collapse of a coal ash landfill at the L.V. Sutton Power Station near Wilmington, North Carolina, is an “on-going situation,” with an unknown amount of potentially contaminated storm water flowing into a nearby lake. At a different power plant…

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The latest: Falling tree kills child in Gaston County, marking 11 Florence-related deaths in NC

The latest: Falling tree kills child in Gaston County, marking 11 Florence-related deaths in NC

Headlines: Officials say at least 16 people in the Carolinas have been killed in the storm, including 11 in North Carolina and five in South Carolina. Authorities have ordered the immediate evacuation of up to 7,500 people living within a mile of a stretch of the Cape Fear River and the Little River. A large portion of Interstate 95, from Johnston County to the South Carolina line, has been closed because of flooding. State transportation…

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As North Carolina rivers swell, Florence ‘never more dangerous.’ Death toll rises to 15

As North Carolina rivers swell, Florence ‘never more dangerous.’ Death toll rises to 15

Downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical depression, Florence sneered its disdain for labels, dropping millions of gallons of rainwater and swelling rivers in North Carolina to potentially catastrophic levels. “This storm has never been more dangerous than it is right now,” warned North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper in a televised briefing. “Flood water are still raging across parts of our state and risk to life is rising with the angry waters.” Officials in cities…

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Hurricane Florence updates: 17 dead, including 11 in NC, as flooding continues

Hurricane Florence updates: 17 dead, including 11 in NC, as flooding continues

Eleven deaths have been confirmed in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence, which is now a tropical depression. Six have been reported in South Carolina. On Sunday afternoon, Gaston County commissioner Tracy Philbeck said 3-month-old child was killed when a tree fell on their home. A husband and wife who died in a Fayetteville house fire are now counted among the dead from Florence. Two deaths were reported in Duplin County on Saturday…

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Lexington fatality blamed on Hurricane Florence

Lexington fatality blamed on Hurricane Florence

A sixth South Carolinians has died because of Hurricane Florence, which is now a tropical depression. An unidentified driver was killed at 6 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. The pick-up was traveling east on Pond Branch Road near Gilbert when it drove into standing water on the roadway. Also in the Midlands, a truck traveling west on Interstate 20 near…

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In Charlotte, Florence Downs Trees, Power Lines But No Widespread Damage

In Charlotte, Florence Downs Trees, Power Lines But No Widespread Damage

The heaviest rainfall from Tropical Depression Florence may be over for the Charlotte region. Even though the rain is likely to taper off Sunday night, rivers are expected to crest later in the week. There are downed trees and power lines scattered throughout Charlotte, but there’s not widespread damage from wind or rain. In Steele Creek in southwest Charlotte, which doesn’t have a large tree canopy, there were few fallen limbs. The area looked as…

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‘Just waiting for the river to come up;’ Goldsboro braces for Neuse flooding

‘Just waiting for the river to come up;’ Goldsboro braces for Neuse flooding

Members of the Mar-Mac Volunteer Fire Department were busy as Hurricane Florence raked Goldsboro with wind and sheets of rain, including 30 calls to its swift-water rescue team. On Sunday, as the rain subsided and the flash flood waters began to recede, some members of the department took a break at the fire station just south of the city knowing that more work lay ahead. “We’re just waiting for the river to come up,” said…

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Gov. McMaster warns citizens to steer clear of areas prone to flash flooding in SC

Gov. McMaster warns citizens to steer clear of areas prone to flash flooding in SC

Gov. McMaster warns citizens to steer clear of areas prone to flash flooding in SC Sep 16, 2018 After lifting the evacuation order for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster addressed road closures in areas of SC prone to flash floods caused by Hurricane Florence’s rainfall. By

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FEMA Head Under Scrutiny In Middle Of Hurricane Season

FEMA Head Under Scrutiny In Middle Of Hurricane Season

Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: There’s a small island between California and Hawaii, but it’s hardly an island you’d want to visit. It’s being called the Great Pacific garbage patch. It’s made up of an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of trash, including an estimated 87,000 tons of plastic. Back in February 2016, I spoke with a young inventor and entrepreneur who’s trying to come up with a way to…

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‘You just know it’s going to happen’: Conway scrambles ahead of possible floods

‘You just know it’s going to happen’: Conway scrambles ahead of possible floods

Patrick Reynolds walked around his brother Perry’s yard, wearing bright yellow waders and a jacket as rain began to fall Sunday morning, remnants of Hurricane Florence. Puddles were forming, making access from the driveway to the garage difficult. The duo worked to tie everything outside down, putting as much as they could into the shed so it wouldn’t float away if waters reached stilts holding up the Waccamaw Drive house. “You just really have to…

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Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 632,000 remain without power

Tropical Depression Florence outages: More than 632,000 remain without power

As Tropical Storm Florence brings heavy, life-threatening floods, more than 632,000 are without power.As of 4:15 p.m., Saturday, the statewide power outage total was 632,566. 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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Bar opens in spite of Florence for Panthers game

Bar opens in spite of Florence for Panthers game

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, The Husk in Wilmington opened its doors using a generator to let fans watch the Carolina Panthers. Credit: WJZY In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, The Husk in Wilmington opened its doors using a generator to let fans watch the Carolina Panthers. Credit: WJZY WILMINGTON, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Despite mass power outages and destruction in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, a Wilmington bar opened its doors to…

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Facebook safety check feature expands throughout Carolinas as Florence’s impact spreads

Facebook safety check feature expands throughout Carolinas as Florence’s impact spreads

Facebook added Hurricane Florence to its safety check listing Friday, as the deadly storm made land fall in North Carolina before moving across South Carolina. The feature allows people in areas affected by the devastating storm to use social media to alert family and friends about their safety. That number expanded Sunday. The social media giant added more users in a growing area of locations for safety check, even though Florence has been downgraded to…

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Cheraw, already deluged with rain, braces for more flooding from Great Pee Dee River

Cheraw, already deluged with rain, braces for more flooding from Great Pee Dee River

A pounding rain smacked this town near the North Carolina border Sunday for the third straight day, creating miserable conditions and raising concern that the Great Pee Dee River would soon flood the area. The river, which flows out of North Carolina, is forecast to spill its banks this week, rising to near record levels. Dams upriver were expected to release water as rain from former Hurricane Florence swelled the Yadkin River, a North Carolina…

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Scott Says: Hurricane remnants in Charlotte make Panthers’ loss to Falcons feel weird

Scott Says: Hurricane remnants in Charlotte make Panthers’ loss to Falcons feel weird

It was a strange time for a football game. While the Carolina Panthers played Atlanta Sunday afternoon in the opulent indoor comfort of Mercedes-Benz Stadium — with the Falcons ultimately winning a shootout, 31-24 — flash flood warnings were being issued in Charlotte and people were in crisis throughout the Carolinas. Some who wanted to watch the Panthers-Falcons game literally didn’t have the power to do it. And many other people didn’t have time for…

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Beware of price gouging during Hurricane Florence

Beware of price gouging during Hurricane Florence

While you’re out shopping for supplies ahead of Hurricane Florence, be sure to keep an eye on those price tags!Many people are hitting the grocery store and the pumps as Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall near the North Carolina coast by 2 a.m. Friday. Long lines, empty shelves at Triangle stores Three nights before Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall, there was a frenzy at the Harris Teeter checkout lines in Raleigh’s…

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Florence Relief Dinner planned Monday in Durham

Florence Relief Dinner planned Monday in Durham

By Kathy Hanrahan, Out and About editor Durham, N.C. — The Durham will be hosting a benefit dinner Monday night to help raise money for farm workers and their families in eastern North Carolina who have been displaced due to Hurricane Florence. The Florence Relief Dinner includes a four-course family-style dinner with drinks from Alley Twenty Six and Ponysaurus Brewing. Participating chefs include David Alworth of Guglhupf, Gray Brooks of Pizzeria Toro, Teddy Diggs of…

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How North Carolina Florence victims can get federal assistance

How North Carolina Florence victims can get federal assistance

Residents in eight North Carolina counties could get federal help to clean up and rebuild. President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration that covers Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico and Pender Counties. That means people living in those areas may be eligible for grants to get temporary housing, money for home repairs, low-cost loans, or funds to cover uninsured property losses. Anyone in the designated areas can start applying for assistance online…

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Florence videos capture destruction, rising waters as storm surges across Carolinas

Florence videos capture destruction, rising waters as storm surges across Carolinas

Despite a downgrade to a tropical depression, Florence still packs a punch across the Carolinas as people post online videos of flooding, fallen trees and other destruction. At least 15 people have died in North Carolina and South Carolina since Florence stormed ashore Friday as a Category 1 hurricane, according to The Raleigh News & Observer. Officials warn of continuing danger as rivers continue to swell from the slow-moving storm’s heavy rainfall. It’s expected to…

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‘Ocracoke got really lucky,’ Jeopardy winner says after Hurricane Florence

‘Ocracoke got really lucky,’ Jeopardy winner says after Hurricane Florence

Lady Luck looked favorably on a former “Jeopardy” winner this weekend when Hurricane Florence spared his Ocracoke home. “Ocracoke got really lucky,” said Charles Temple, a high school English teacher at Ocracoke School and 2011 ”Jeopardy” winner. Hurricane Florence brought heavy rains and winds that roared ashore at just under 75 mph, but unlike surrounding coastal communities, Ocracoke Island suffered only a few downed trees — mostly cedars — and short-term power outages. “The rain…

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Florence flooding: Monitoring potential flooding in your area with FIMAN

Florence flooding: Monitoring potential flooding in your area with FIMAN

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — The aftermath of Florence has left many communities largely underwater. Luckily, the NC Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network has created an amazing piece of software that allows users to hone in on a specific river in their area and see where the water is predicted to flood out to. RELATED: Florence flooding live coverage: Storm ‘has never been more dangerous than it is right now’ In the video above, ABC11’s…

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Lumberton flooding: Rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence still a threat

Lumberton flooding: Rising floodwaters from Hurricane Florence still a threat

Conditions in Lumberton continue to deteriorate as flood waters from Hurricane Florence rise. Gov. Roy Cooper says the storm has “never been more dangerous” than it is now for areas extending from Fayetteville and Lumberton, across the Sandhills, to the central part of the state and into the mountains. See more of the conditions in the area in the video above. PHOTOS: Florence damage around North Carolina (Copyright ©2018 WTVD-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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Florence: Wake County schools closed; Durham Public Schools open on Monday

Florence: Wake County schools closed; Durham Public Schools open on Monday

Wake County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Sept. 17 “due to after effects of this weekend’s storm on facilities.” WCPSS made the announcement Sunday afternoon. Durham Public Schools announced that schools will be open on Monday. Durham Public Schools previously announced that Wednesday, Sept. 19 would be a full school day rather than an early release day as previously scheduled. Johnston County Public Schools was the first to announce closings this week as…

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Florence begins track out of South Carolina. But SC officials still warn of dangers

Florence begins track out of South Carolina. But SC officials still warn of dangers

At least five South Carolinians have died as result of Florence that has continued to batter parts of the Pee Dee and Piedmont regions. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said on Saturday people need to be most aware of possible flash flooding in their neighborhoods. For those who died, McMaster offered his thoughts and prayers for their loved ones. “We have seen the end of the hurricane and most of the storm,” he said. “(But)…

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Sandhills flooding: Water from Hurricane Florence still rising

Sandhills flooding: Water from Hurricane Florence still rising

In the Sandhills, floodwaters continue to rise as the remnants of Hurricane Florence move inland over the Carolinas. Gov. Roy Cooper says the storm has “never been more dangerous” than it is now for areas extending from Fayetteville and Lumberton, across the Sandhills, to the central part of the state and into the mountains. See more of the conditions in the area in the video above. PHOTOS: Florence damage around North Carolina (Copyright ©2018 WTVD-TV….

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Truck overturns on I-85 during Florence

Truck overturns on I-85 during Florence

A tractor-trailer overturned on Interstate 85 northbound, closing the roadway as the effects of Hurricane Florence made their way into the Charlotte area. The Panera Bread truck appeared to have hit the barrier, flipping over. I-85 northbound was shut down as crews worked to clear. As of 2:30 p.m. the road was still closed. It’s unclear if weather played a factor in the accident.

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Florence: Here's how to get mental health support after the storm

Florence: Here's how to get mental health support after the storm

Storms like Florence can put a lot of people in very stressful and life-changing situations. Health officials said it is common to see an uptick in reports of people suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health symptoms following natural disasters like this one. The federal government has free crisis counseling available to anyone who may need it. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor. (Copyright ©2018 WTVD-TV….

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Hurricane Florence updates: 15 dead, including 10 in NC, as flooding continues

Hurricane Florence updates: 15 dead, including 10 in NC, as flooding continues

Ten deaths have been confirmed in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence, which is now a tropical depression. Five have been reported in South Carolina. A husband and wife who died in a Fayetteville house fire are now counted among the dead from Florence. Two deaths were reported in Duplin County on Saturday afternoon. The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office did not say exactly how the pair died; however, they said their deaths were…

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Exclusive first look at Atlantic Beach after Hurricane Florence

Exclusive first look at Atlantic Beach after Hurricane Florence

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. (WTVD) — In a Facebook Live, ABC11 reporter Julie Wilson took a tour of the damage at Atlantic Beach with a resident who lives there. RELATED: Florence flooding live coverage: Storm ‘has never been more dangerous than it is right now’ Kevin Knox lives on Money Island Drive. He gave us a tour of his home that suffered significant damage after Hurricane Florence ripped through Atlantic Beach. Report a Typo (Copyright ©2018…

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Wilmington families impacted by Florence prepare for no running water

Wilmington families impacted by Florence prepare for no running water

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WTVD) — Families impacted by Florence in Wilmington are asked to prepare as they may soon be without running water. The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is advising people to begin filling up their bathtubs and water jugs in case the water treatment plants stop running. They could lose drinking water if the agency doesn’t get fuel in the next 48 hours. According to the agency, the city has been cut off and…

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Back to work this week? Here’s how to navigate roads affected by the hurricane

Back to work this week? Here’s how to navigate roads affected by the hurricane

This week, as rain still lingers over the Triangle, residents will start getting back to their normal routines after sheltering at home for a few days.  But during the two-day period when Florence crawled up the North Carolina coast, some areas of the Triangle suffered significant damage. Thousands across the area were without electricity. Trees fell on power lines, into houses and onto roadways. Waterways overflowed. There’s no way crews can have all of that…

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Churchgoers gather for song and prayer outside grocery store during Hurricane Florence

Churchgoers gather for song and prayer outside grocery store during Hurricane Florence

Churchgoers in North Carolina are not letting Florence get in the way of their worship. ABC11 reporter Ana Rivera stopped by a Harris Teeter with her crew to grab some coffee when she noticed a group of people gathered outside of the store. It turns out they were all members of the Wrightsville Beach Baptist Church. The group was unable to get into the church, so instead, they gathered in a circle and began to…

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Three Amigos in Plaza Midwood damaged by Florence

Three Amigos in Plaza Midwood damaged by Florence

Credit: WJZY Credit: WJZY CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) – Florence made its presence known in neighborhoods across Charlotte, as fierce winds took their toll on several businesses in Plaza Midwood. Part of the building that houses Three Amigos Mexican Restaurant, the Billiard Cafe and a roofing store on Central Avenue, came crashing down around 6 a.m., according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. The awning caused damage to a car that was in the parking lot. It’s unclear…

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