THE TRACK: Hurricane Florence is pounding the Carolinas as it comes close to making landfall near Wilmington, North Carolina. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 1, but it’s still expected to bring life-threatening storm surge and up to 40 inches of rain to some areas. LATEST TRACK

THE DOGS: Animal shelters in the area have warned that they may need to euthanize dogs or cats that can’t find homes during Florence. Some local adoption agencies– and dozens of people– lined up to help. NEWS OBSERVER


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