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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan is sending the Maryland Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team to North Carolina as part of the Tropical Storm Florence relief effort.  

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Tropical Storm Florence is gradually weakening, but it's barely moving and continuing to dump excessive amounts of rain on the Carolinas creeping along at about 2 miles per hour.  Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Vi Lyles says they're preparing for days of rainfall. 

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Hurricane Florence is now a tropical storm.  At about 4:50 p.m. the National Hurricane Center said Florence was producing tropical storm force wind gusts on the Carolina coast but will continue to threaten North and South Carolina with powerful winds and catastrophic freshwater flooding through the night.  

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For the first time in nearly 50 years, a doctor will lead Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Dr. Leana Wen. Dr. Wen takes over a position with an organization that has 12 million supporters. Now on a  national level, Dr. Wen will lead Planned Parenthood's fight to protect access to reproductive health care.

The National Weather Service says there are three hurricanes brewing in the Atlantic Ocean: Florence, Isaac and Helene. At a news conference Monday, the Governor Larry Hogan urged all Marylanders to take precautionary measures to prepare for the storm.

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