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Hurricane Irene Live Thread
NHC NOAA ^ | 26 August 2011 | NHC/NOAA

Posted on 08/26/2011 9:40:24 AM PDT by NautiNurse

Approximately 65 million people are likely to be directly impacted by Hurricane Irene as the storm takes aim at the densely populated Eastern Seaboard. Evacuations are underway for high flood risk areas.

Mass transit cancellations, schedule changes and road/bridge closures are occurring throughout the storm warning areas. Please check with local news and Emergency Management Operations to determine the recommendations for your immediate area.


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To: Moose4

Rights on all points... which makes me think of these add-ons:

1. As time is marching on here, Camp Lejuene is coming into more and more risk since Irene is still not turning. Also MCAS Cherry Point at Havelock, although it’s 15-20 miles inland.
2. The south-facing Emerald Isle barrier Island is now in SEVERE risk... storm surge overwash is LIKELY to the east of the eye.


101 posted on 08/26/2011 11:06:22 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: MplsSteve; NautiNurse

MplsSteve,

It was either your browser caching an older image or the server the image was hosted on gave you the old one.

Posts here on FR can not be edited by anyone other than a Mod.
There is no way NautiNurse could have corrected anything.

I see outdated images all the time from radar.weather.gov even when directly viewed within a browser.

So no more bickering and back to storm info you two? :)


102 posted on 08/26/2011 11:07:11 AM PDT by NeverEVERKerry (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: NautiNurse
Thanks very much for this thread, NautiNurse!

Prayers for all in harm's way from a veteran of Agnes '72.

103 posted on 08/26/2011 11:07:24 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: commish
2 PM update JUst came out — More Weakening.

I was thinking about picking all my tomatoes here in New England...not so sure now.

104 posted on 08/26/2011 11:08:18 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: MichaelNewton

News just in: Mayor of NY declared a mandatory evacuation of sections of the city. Asking people to start leaving now, and for sure to start by tomorrow afternoon when the transit system will be shut down. Sounds like Bloomberg wants the people to get serious, get out, and not take any chances. Question is...where in the world are all those homeless people going to go and how are they going to get there? Hope they do a better job than the mayor of New Orleans did in getting people out. (Of course, that was Bush’s fault, LOL /sarc)


105 posted on 08/26/2011 11:08:49 AM PDT by CitizenM (Obama's legacy will be to be remembered as The architect of American Decline)
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To: NautiNurse

Same buoy 41004:
12:50

Winds 43 kts, Gusts 53kts
Wave height 22+ feet


106 posted on 08/26/2011 11:10:53 AM PDT by tcrlaf (PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMISTS FOR OBAMA2012!)
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To: antivenom

There are lots of evacuations going on through out the mid and lower shore, al of DelMarVa actually.

I’m right smack in the middle of the northern part of Accomack County, pretty close to the MD line. The only place really for us to go would be to Dover, so why bother - and the idea of dealing with the nightmare that is the current traffic conditions? No thanks.


107 posted on 08/26/2011 11:10:53 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: SE Mom
scrub out a bathtub and fill it with water...Hardboil some eggs too

Excellent tips. Great to see you with us for the weekend! {{{hugs}}}

108 posted on 08/26/2011 11:11:23 AM PDT by NautiNurse (TSA Tit for Tat--Yukari Mihamae--thank you!)
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To: CitizenM

New York City has lots of high ground. It’s just a matter of getting there. New Orleans had little high ground and most of it was below sea level. No comparison.


109 posted on 08/26/2011 11:11:58 AM PDT by MichaelNewton
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To: who knows what evil?

I’m in Massachusetts and thought that too. I’m making a huge tomato sauce tomorrow with what’s ripe and on the vine but I’m going to keep the others out there. My concern is with all the rain we are getting, not so much the wind.


110 posted on 08/26/2011 11:12:07 AM PDT by MissyMa
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To: commish
2 PM update JUst came out — More Weakening. 100 MPH now. Pressure continuing to rise.

That's excellent news. Go east, d****d storm, go east!

111 posted on 08/26/2011 11:12:11 AM PDT by American Quilter (aka American Hobbit)
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To: NautiNurse

Based on Hurricanes Katrina, in N.O., Rita, in Beaumont, and Ike, in Houston, the following is best advice:

if inland, expect 2 to 3 weeks with no power. There will be debris everywhere so get clean-up equipment and bags handy.

Fill up the car and park it in a garage on 2nd floor in interior, say at the mall.

Get a car-plug cell phone charger for post storm.

If you have an electric gate or driveway gate, leave it open.

Water is more important than food. Get a big supply of water.

If you have a generator and are transporting fuel, never leave cans of gasoline in an unventilated area. Keep car windows down when driving around with it.

Get 2 weeks food for pets and 2 weeks worth of any medications. Eat what is in your fridge first, then the stuff that thaws from the freezer, then boxes and cans of food from the pantry. Nobody starves in a hurricane.

Protect personal property by whatever legal means.

People do stupid things right before the storm hits. Hunker, shelter in place, unless you are in a low-lying mandatory evacuation area. Do not evacuate unless instructed to do so by the fire or police department.

FEMA is useless. They cannot even get water off a truck. Expect nothing from FEMA.


112 posted on 08/26/2011 11:12:22 AM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: tcrlaf

Frankly, I can’t buy those model runs. The plain observations already put the storm to the west of their initial positions. I think Emerald Isle (south and west of Morehead City) is the target. Perhaps Pine Knoll Shores/Atlantic Beach/Indian Beach. Of course anything within 50+/- miles gets hurricane force winds.

The good news for Virginia and points north? If Irene crosses a hunk of NC land, it will be a lot weaker once emerging into the ocean again.

The bad news? New Yorkers may eventually think we cried “wolf” again.


113 posted on 08/26/2011 11:12:49 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: commish

Great to have you checking in! Hope all is well with you and yours these days.


114 posted on 08/26/2011 11:13:10 AM PDT by NautiNurse (TSA Tit for Tat--Yukari Mihamae--thank you!)
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To: NautiNurse

Thanks for the thread! Is your mom still planning on staying on LI?


115 posted on 08/26/2011 11:16:44 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: Gabz; All

We are getting winds and rain and thunder now. Power is out to approximately 1500 people in Berkeley and more in Charleston Counties. Just a nice fall day.


116 posted on 08/26/2011 11:16:54 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: MplsSteve
You then corrected your thread and put in the correct map

I wonder if I could get you to explain how to do that. I've been around here since 1998, and I have never figured out how to change something once you've posted it.

Also, it looks to me like the map is sourced directly from the NOAA site, and appears on the page here via an 'img' tag that references NOAA directly. NautiNurse might be good, but I don't think NOAA lets her change their web graphics. If I were a betting man, I'd bet that either your ISP or your browser showed you a cached map. It's either that or NOAA had the wrong map on their page since the 22nd.


117 posted on 08/26/2011 11:17:21 AM PDT by Nick Danger (Pin the fail on the donkey)
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To: miss marmelstein; randita; NautiNurse

Thanks for the thread! Am on the Philly side of NJ and we received a copy of the governor’s alert this afternoon:

“Beginning at 6:00 p.m. this evening, contraflow will be in effect on Route 72, running for 28 miles to Route 70, closing all lanes to eastbound travel and utilizing all lanes of traffic for use in moving traffic westward . The measure is the latest action to aid residents in evacuating Long Beach Island in Ocean County. . . . Yesterday, the Governor ordered a temporary suspension of tolls on all parts of the Garden State Parkway south of the Raritan River and the Atlantic City Expressway beginning at 8:00 a.m. this morning. Governor Christie also announced that Routes 47 and 347 in Cape May County will be closed to eastbound traffic and that the use of all lanes of traffic will move westward beginning Friday evening at 6:00 pm. As part of this process, all ramps will be tightly controlled and additional personnel will be used to ensure safety.”

All the casinos in AC are to close as well (don’t remember the time).


118 posted on 08/26/2011 11:17:32 AM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (everything written by me on FR is my personal opinion & does not represent my employer)
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To: DJlaysitup

Watched live chopper views of the ships going out to sea in Norfolk yesterday. God bless our sailors and keep them safe! (and their families left on shore having to deal with this storm!)

btw, thanks for serving!


119 posted on 08/26/2011 11:18:25 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: DJlaysitup

My sis was in Hugo on St. Croix. It was horrible there and we didn’t hear from her for days. She finally made it to Puerto Rico and then flew to my home with her bedragled cat. That’s all she had left...herself and her cat. It was a blessed day when we finally heard from her.


120 posted on 08/26/2011 11:18:25 AM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: USMCWife6869

Prayers are up!


121 posted on 08/26/2011 11:18:55 AM PDT by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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To: American Quilter

The Infra-red satellite loop shows an obviously weakening storm — surprisingly so, but very much welcomed.

What’s more — it’s over 83° water: I have no idea why it would be weakening at all.


122 posted on 08/26/2011 11:19:18 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: USMCWife6869

Same here in the Charleston area.


123 posted on 08/26/2011 11:20:45 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: alancarp
...weakening storm...

I should have added the link to that satellite loop.

124 posted on 08/26/2011 11:21:09 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: NautiNurse

Don’t know where the NWS got there info, but it sho’ ain’t sunny!


125 posted on 08/26/2011 11:23:37 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: alancarp

It’s a strange storm, isn’t it? Instead of strengthening, it stays around 100-110 mph, but it just gets a little bigger. Something is messing up the backside of it as well. I don’t know enough about meteorology to understand a lot of what’s in play, but the southwest edge of the storm is just sort of...not there. It’s like it only has 3/4 of an eyewall. It almost looks like it’s trying to fall apart, where it should be strengthening somewhat.

}:-)4


126 posted on 08/26/2011 11:23:56 AM PDT by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: Abigail Adams
Is your mom still planning on staying on LI?

Oh yes. 1 mile from the bay. The eye should pass directly overhead. She will sincerely regret the decision the first time the windows begin to rattle.

127 posted on 08/26/2011 11:23:56 AM PDT by NautiNurse (TSA Tit for Tat--Yukari Mihamae--thank you!)
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To: MichaelNewton

we have lots of low ground too. The places they are evacuating are really low. I agree about New Orleans. Clearly no comparison. I don’t know how much high ground we have left on the other hand with a 10 foot storm surge.


128 posted on 08/26/2011 11:24:47 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: dixie sass
Current NOAA radar as of 1818Z .
129 posted on 08/26/2011 11:25:32 AM PDT by tcrlaf (PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMISTS FOR OBAMA2012!)
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To: dixie sass

The sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky but humid as all get out - typical August day on DelMarVa!


130 posted on 08/26/2011 11:26:22 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: Voter#537; USMCWife6869

We have known that it would most probably make landfall between Edisto and the Outer Banks, weren’t you told to evacuate? If so you should have already headed inland and south and west. The storms don’t stop on the coast, they extend inland usually north, north east and east. I’m 25 miles from the coast but in a Flash Flood area because of the rivers and marshes.


131 posted on 08/26/2011 11:30:35 AM PDT by dixie sass
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To: tcrlaf

Latest Weather observation for Wilmington as of 13:53

Winds ENE At 25 G 39
Heavy Rain Fog/Mist and Breezy
Clouds: BKN016 BKN021 BKN028

Temp 79 Dewpoint 76
Pressure 29.77in
Sea level 1008.0mb


132 posted on 08/26/2011 11:30:50 AM PDT by tcrlaf (PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMISTS FOR OBAMA2012!)
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To: Moose4

Right, and the 11am forecast discussion only addresses a possible future change:

“SOUTHWESTERLY SHEAR IS FORECAST TO INCREASE AND SEA
SURFACE TEMPERATURES WILL BE GRADUALLY DECREASING. THIS SHOULD RESULT IN GRADUAL WEAKENING OF THE CYCLONE AS IT MOVES NEAR THE MID-ATLANTIC COAST.”

That’s the good news... the bad news is for North Carolina:

At 11am, the position fix was reported as 30.7N, 77.3W.
The 2pm position fix is now reported as 31.2, 77.5W.

That’s a sizable swing to the west for a storm that’s supposed to be starting toward the east. As I’ve been saying, that really puts Emerald Isle into direct play.

By 11pm, they expect 32.2N, 77.1W. We’ll see about that.


133 posted on 08/26/2011 11:31:04 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: CitizenM
The power company employees who handle those calls suffered quite a bit of stress during the last hurricane that hit this area. Many callers were obusive and impatient and gave the Customer Service people a really tough time, cursing and screaming at them. Remember...When they are on storm duty they often work around the clock with few breaks; many do not go home and even sleep there or in motels nearby. Many stayed there while their families endured problems at home without them. They are a dedicated bunch, there to help and serve the public, so they should be appreciated...not mistreated.

****

Amen. I am always amazed and saddened by the displays of absolute disregard for the workers who are trying their best to make our lives resume their comfortableness (if that is a word.)

I testified at a state legislature hearing one time about the funding for our local public utility, and used the example that we want the repairmen to be there when the need happens. We want them to be available to go to other locations to help other people, eg Louisiana or Quebec when the need arises. If the company has to work with less money, because of state regulation, they may cut back on this type of employee. Not a good idea!

134 posted on 08/26/2011 11:31:40 AM PDT by maica ( Multiculturalism is the smiley face of totalitarianism.)
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To: NautiNurse
I'm from the west coast and we don't have hurricanes. I've experienced the tail end of one in Boston some years back, but never anything approaching the fully fury. Still, I have to wonder how much of this media hysteria is really justified. By the time the hurricane reaches NY, they're predicting 60 mph winds. That's really not terrifying at all. The storm surge is of course what usually causes the most destruction, but headlines this morning included, "Hurricane Irene could bring Katrina-style flooding to coast, FEMA warns." Really? You mean to tell me that what looks like a glancing blow from a category two/three will be equivalent to a direct hit from a category three/four on a city and area that is at, or largely below, sea level, and which had broken levees? Forgive me, but I think I see the usual, "if it happens on the east coast, it's the biggest deal in the world" media bias.
135 posted on 08/26/2011 11:31:59 AM PDT by americanophile ("this absurd theology of an immoral Bedouin, is a rotting corpse which poisons our lives" - Ataturk)
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To: DJlaysitup

This one’s different, it seems.

All the predictions match.


136 posted on 08/26/2011 11:34:51 AM PDT by stanne
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To: NautiNurse

Prayers for all in Irene’s path...


137 posted on 08/26/2011 11:35:52 AM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
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To: SE Mom

the restaurant provided ICE (by then it was like gold)

*****

Fill plastic containers with water and freeze them now, to make really big ice cubes. They will also keep the fridge contents cold for a longer period of time. Fill the fridge with water containers, too.


138 posted on 08/26/2011 11:35:52 AM PDT by maica ( Multiculturalism is the smiley face of totalitarianism.)
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To: alancarp
I have no idea why it would be weakening at all.

Maybe the forward speed is too great (14 miles per hour) to allow the core to build (core being disturbed by its' own forward speed).

I would say if this was in the gulf, it would be hooking it up right now.

139 posted on 08/26/2011 11:36:29 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: edcoil

Good graphic, thanks for posting. I’m on the east side of MA, looks like Irene is going thru the middle of the state which means being on the east side of MA and the east side of the storm we will be getting the wind, not fond of hurricane winds.


140 posted on 08/26/2011 11:36:48 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: STARWISE; monkapotamus

BOY I wonder if Michelle went Aunt Esther on Obama LOL!

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141 posted on 08/26/2011 11:37:01 AM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: americanophile

“By the time the hurricane reaches NY, they’re predicting 60 mph winds.”

At ground level...
What does that translate to on the 30th floor?


142 posted on 08/26/2011 11:38:03 AM PDT by tcrlaf (PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMISTS FOR OBAMA2012!)
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To: alancarp

Isn’t it sucking in dry air?


143 posted on 08/26/2011 11:38:17 AM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: NautiNurse

Mayor Bloomberg just stated all Zone A locations have a mandatory evac. Don’t know where your mom is but it should be all over the area. Good Luck!


144 posted on 08/26/2011 11:38:32 AM PDT by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: freekitty
Prayers for all the good Freepers.

Not praying for the bad freepers?? LOL

145 posted on 08/26/2011 11:40:38 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: alancarp

I’m not buying it. To get back on the Stormpulse track (a Cape Lookout landfall), Irene would have to slice like one of John Daly’s drives and nothing seems to indicate that it will.

}:-)4


146 posted on 08/26/2011 11:41:59 AM PDT by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: Scythian
I’m so tired of the constant news on this hurricane, uggh !

The rest of us who are in line for a direct or semi-direct hit are grateful for the constant updates.

147 posted on 08/26/2011 11:43:25 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: SevenofNine
Obama cuts vacation short

Aunt Esther? If it were only the case (boy I wish!)... no, this is somebody whispering into his ear that he had better be in the White House during a disaster and not off on vacation or the golf course.

148 posted on 08/26/2011 11:43:25 AM PDT by alancarp (Liberals are all for shared pain... until they're included in the pain group.)
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To: NautiNurse

But the great and omniscient Obamugabe said that his election would stop the oceans from rising!

Will he make a statement repudiating the storm surge?


149 posted on 08/26/2011 11:44:34 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: americanophile
Forgive me, but I think I see the usual, "if it happens on the east coast, it's the biggest deal in the world" media bias.

I believe they share sports 'reporters' with ESPN...

150 posted on 08/26/2011 11:44:52 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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