Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - WORLD -

As the gi­ant, 645-kilo­me­trewide hur­ri­cane pounded away, it un­loaded heavy rain, flat­tened trees, chewed up roads and knocked out power to more than 800,000 homes and busi­nesses. By early af­ter­noon, Florence’s winds had weak­ened to 120 km/h, just barely a hur­ri­cane, but the storm it­self had slowed to a crawl. “Hur­ri­cane Florence is pow­er­ful, slow and re­lent­less,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said. “It’s an un­in­vited brute who doesn’t want to leave.” Cooper said the hur­ri­cane was “wreak­ing havoc” on the coast and could wipe out en­tire com­mu­ni­ties as it makes its “vi­o­lent grind across our state for days.”

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