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TODAY'S TOP STORIES

NORTH CAROLINA

TROPICAL WEATHER

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — 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. By Jeffrey Collins. SENT: 950 words, photos, video.

— With: TROPICAL WEATHER-THE LATEST, TROPICAL WEATHER-STORIES FROM THE STORM, TROPICAL WEATHER-WHAT'S HAPPENING, TROPICAL WEATHER-EVACUEES

TROPICAL WEATHER-FORECASTING

WASHINGTON —Oddly, the closer Hurricane Florence gets to land, the murkier its future gets. Usually when a storm approaches the coast, forecasters can tell with ever-increasing accuracy who will get walloped. Not with Florence. By Seth Borenstein. SENT: 730 words, photos, video.

TROPICAL WEATHER-ECONOMIC DAMAGE

WASHINGTON — Ports are closing. Farmers are moving hogs to high ground. Dealers are parking cars in service bays for refuge. And up to 3 million energy customers in North and South Carolina could lose power for weeks. By Paul Wiseman, Tom Krisher and Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,020 words, photos.

TROPICAL WEATHER-GULLAH GEECHEE

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. — As a potentially catastrophic Hurricane Florence steamed toward the Carolinas, Josh Dais watched the weather reports on the television in his barber shop and listened for updates from emergency officials. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— HURRICANE WEDDING: A couple who planned to marry on the Outer Banks in North Carolina has moved their wedding to another state to avoid an uninvited guest: Hurricane Florence.

— MISSING MAN-BODY FOUND: The National Park Service says the scavenged body of a missing man has been found at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that straddles Tennessee and North Carolina.

— SCHOOL BUS MANUFACTURER LAYOFFS: A school bus manufacturer in North Carolina has announced that it will be laying off 115 workers at several factories in High Point.

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VIRGINIA

IN BRIEF:

— TROPICAL WEATHER-CHICKENS IN HOME: A Virginia woman says she and some neighbors have decided to be cooped up with their chickens and other pets as Hurricane Florence approaches.

— WINERY-GRAPE THEFT: A Virginia winery has lost almost its entire crop of grapes in a nighttime theft, just hours before it was to be harvested.

— NALOXONE IN SCHOOLS: A southwest Virginia school district plans to start stocking the opioid overdose antidote naloxone.

— REPORTED FORCE EVACUATION: A Virginia city official says residents have reported that people in fluorescent vests are going door-to-door and trying to get residents to evacuate their homes and businesses.

— MISSING BABY: Virginia police are searching for a 3-month-old girl reported to have been taken from her home.

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MARYLAND/DELAWARE

IN BRIEF:

— VOTING MACHINES-PAPER TRAIL: Delaware is moving closer to adopting new electronic voting machines that incorporate a paper trail, ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

— MARYLAND GOVERNOR-TECHNOLOGY STUDIES: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wants to further expand a program that encourages students to study math, science and technology.

— WEST NILE VIRUS: Delaware health official say they have confirmed another human case of West Nile virus, marking the state's fifth case this year.

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