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Florence begins lashing Carolinas

WILMINGTON, N.C.—The outer bands of wind and rain from a weakened but still lethal Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina today as the monster storm moved in for a prolonged and potentially catastrophic stay along the U.S. southeast coast that could drench the homes of as many as 10 million people.

Florence's winds dropped from a peak of 225 km/h to 175 km/h early today.