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Colorado boy, 5, stages ‘Up’-themed birthday photoshoot with great-grandparents

A Colorado boy has paid tribute to his favorite movie with a photoshoot.

Elijah Perman, 5, is a huge fan of the 2009 Pixar classic “Up.” His mother, part-time photographer Rachel Perman, says her son is “obsessed” with the movie.

When Elijah and his twin sister Emilee turned 5 recently, Rachel decided to do what she called “magical shoots” for their birthday.

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Elijah Perman with his great-grandparents (Rachel Perman Photography)

“I was diagnosed with cancer right after my twins were born and had fears if I would even get to see their 5th birthday,” she told Fox News in an email. “… SO for their 5th birthday I wanted to celebrate the things they love with photos! It’s a celebration for me and them!”

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Emilee got a photo session with a horse dressed up as a unicorn. Elijah chose to pay tribute to his favorite movie. He donned a boy scout’s uniform similar to the character of Russell, while his great-grandparents Richard and Caroline Bain proved to be dead ringers for Carl and Ellie. And, of course, there were balloons. Lots and lots of balloons.

“It seemed like a sweet idea to get my grandparents involved in the process,” Rachel Perman told Fox News. “I love that we get to celebrate them as well.

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Authorities identify 5 more victims of fatal California dive boat fire

Authorities in California on Tuesday identified five additional victims of last week’s fatal dive boat fire.

The five victims, all from California, were ID’d as: Adrian Dahood-Fritz, 40, of Sacramento; Lisa Fiedler, 52, of Mill Valley; Kristina “Kristy” Finstad, 41, of Santa Cruz; Fernisa Sison, 57, of Stockton; and Kristian Takvam, 34, of San Francisco.

Finstad, a marine biologist who led the scuba tour, had led hundreds of dives in the Channel Islands. She had just returned from spending several years sailing across the Pacific with her husband.

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Kristina “Kristy” Finstad, 41, of Santa Cruz, Calif. (Facebook)

Fiedler, a Michigan native, was a hairdresser and photographer who thought of herself as “part fish” because of her ocean addiction.

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Lisa Fiedler, 52, of Mill Valley (Facebook)

The other three victims identified Tuesday were on the boat with co-workers and loved ones.

Sison’s husband, Michael Quitasol, and her three stepdaughters also perished in the fire. Sison and Quitasol worked at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton.

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Fernisa Sison, 57, of Stockton (Facebook)

Dahood-Fritz and her husband, professional photographer Andrew Fritz, also both died in the blaze. Dahood-Fritz had recently started a job as a senior environmental scientist for California’s Ocean Protection Council under the California Natural Resources Agency.

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Adrian Dahood-Fritz, 40, of Sacramento (Facebook)

Takvam was a vice president of engineering at the education platform Brilliant in San Francisco. His coworker, Carrie McLaughlin, also died.

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Fox 11 reports that investigators have identified 27 of the 33 people whose remains were recovered from the wreckage of the Conception. Authorities said efforts to find the final victim and salvage the Conception are expected to continue Wednesday.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said the victims, 21 women and 13 men from 16 to 62 years old, appear to have died from smoke inhalation before they were burned. Five of six crew members, including the captain, survived after multiple efforts to rescue the dozens trapped below deck.

As part of the investigation, the FBI is seeking photos and videos related to the fire as multiple agencies examine whether the captain and boat owners followed safety requirements.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Americans love snacks. What does that mean for bad health, rise in obesity?

Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity.

Eating habits in the U.S. have changed significantly in recent decades, and packaged bars, chips and sweets have spread into every corner of life. In the late 1970s, about 40 percent of American adults said they didn’t have any snacks during the day. By 2007, that figure was just 10 percent.

To get a better handle on the implications of differing eating patterns, U.S. health officials are reviewing scientific research on how eating frequency affects health, including weight gain and obesity. The analysis is intended to gauge the broader spectrum of possibilities, including fasting. But snacking, grazing and “mini meals” are likely to be among the factors considered, given how they have upended the three-meals-a-day model.

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Findings could potentially be reflected in the government’s updated dietary guidelines next year, though any definitive recommendations are unlikely.

For public health officials, part of the challenge is that snacking is a broad term that can mean a 100-calorie apple or a 500-calorie Frappuccino. How people adjust what they eat the rest of the day also varies. Snacks may help reduce hunger and overeating at meals, but they can also just push up the total calories someone consumes.

While there’s nothing wrong with snacks per se, they have become much more accessible. It also has become more socially acceptable to snack more places: at work meetings and while walking, driving or shopping for clothes.

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This Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 photo shows items in a vending machine in New York. Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

“We live in a 24/7 food culture now,” said Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at UCLA Medical Center.

Complicating matters, snack options are also continuing to broaden beyond the standard chips and cookies.

“Manufacturers have tried to tap into Americans’ concern for health,” said Paula Johnson, curator of food history at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Beyond nutrition, health officials should also consider what emotional or mental health benefits might be lost when people move away from meals, said Sophie Egan, who writes about American food culture. Meals can be a time for socially connectivity, she said, while snacks are usually eaten alone. She also noted the growth in snacking may be fueled by the stress of busier lives.

“Who knows how much food is a Band-Aid for those issues,” Egan said.

For their part, food companies have moved to capitalize on Americans’ love of snacks and stretched the definition of the word. Dunkin Donuts’ former CEO has said the chain’s sandwiches should be considered snacks, not lunch. When Hershey bought a meat jerky company, the candy company said it wanted to expand its offerings across the ”snacking continuum” to include more nutritious options.

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Health experts’ recommendations on snacking vary. Children may need more snacks and to eat more frequently. For adults, many dietitians saying what works for one person might not for another.

Hunnes, the UCLA dietitian, recommends sticking to minimally processed options like fruit or nuts when snacking. But she acknowledged the advice could sound like it’s coming from an ivory tower, given the prevalence of packaged snacks.

“They’re just there, and they have a great shelf life,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Vegan activist rescues 16 rabbits, leading to death of nearly 100 baby bunnies in Spain, report says

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A Barcelona-based vegan activist has harmed more animals than she tried to save thanks to her radical acts, according to a report.

The New York Post reported that her rescue of 16 rabbits from a farm near Osono last Sunday caused the deaths of nearly 100 baby bunnies.

The news outlet said that the activist, who goes by the name “Mythical Mia” on social media, and whose real name is unknown, allegedly stole many rabbits which were said to have been pregnant or lactating.

Their offspring included an estimated 90 bunnies, which had to be euthanized after being abandoned.

She posted about her campaign on Instagram, which since has been disabled.

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“These 16 are the lucky ones,” Mia said about her rescue. “After actions like this we get to go home but for them there is no way out. We only managed to find a home for 16 beforehand, so had to leave thousands of mothers and babies behind. They will be trapped inside those cages for their entire lives, their only escape is when they are shipped off to a slaughterhouse to be murdered for their flesh and fur. Rabbits like these are also abused for animal testing, tortured for a lifetime before eventually getting murdered too. They are also regularly kept as ‘pets’ often in solitary confinement and inappropriate conditions suffering from boredom and multiple other health issues.”

Mia added: “What we do to the animals need to end immediately. This injustice has gone on far too long. We will continue to enter in these facilities to expose these horrors and liberate the beings trapped inside for as long as it takes. We are not going anywhere. Join us in our fight, be vegan, be active and let’s put an end to this once and for all.”

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Texas inmate executed for killing mother, 89, daughter, 71, in 2003

A Texas death row inmate was executed Wednesday for the fatal stabbing an 89-year-old woman and her 71-year-old daughter after barging into their Fort Worth home under the pretense of doing some work for them over 16 years ago.

Billy Jack Crutsinger, 64, received a lethal injection Wednesday evening at the state penitentiary in Huntsville for the 2003 killings of Pearl Magouirk and her daughter, Patricia Syren.In a final statement that lasted four minutes, Crutsinger thanked three friends who witnessed the execution.

“I’m at peace now and ready to go and be with Jesus and my family,” Crutsinger said.

Then, as the lethal dose of pentobarbital began, he said he could feel it “in my left arm. It’s kind of burning.”

Crutsinger then began coughing and breathing heavily and then made snoring noises at least 29 times before he stopped moving.

At 6:40 p.m. CT — 13 minutes after the lethal dose started — Crutsinger was pronounced dead.

Investigators said Crutsinger killed the two women and stole Syren’s car and credit card. Police arrested Crutsinger three days later at a bar in Galveston, over 300 miles away.

Michele Hartmann, one of the prosecutors with the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office who convicted Crutsinger, told jurors Crutsinger’s actions had nothing to do with alcohol but were the result of “evil.”

Friends and family described Magouirk, known as “R.D.,” as an avid gardener. Syren volunteered as a receptionist at her church. Both women were retired and lived together.

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Crutsinger had been “spiraling downward much of his adult life,” including three failed marriages and a propensity for violence when he drank, according to a report by a forensic psychologist hired by his trial attorneys.

In the months before the murders, Crutsinger became homeless and increasingly desperate after his wife kicked him out of their home and his mother, who had enabled his behavior, stopped helping him, according to the report.

When Crutsinger realized Magouirk and Syren didn’t have enough work to give him much financial relief, he flew into an alcoholic rage, the report said.

“All of his anger at being left to fend for himself and of having his safety net taken from him was then brought to bear on the victims,” according to the report.

Crutsinger was the 14th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the fifth in Texas, the nation’s busiest capital punishment state. Ten more executions have been scheduled in Texas for this year.

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Billy Jack Crutsinger was executed Wednesday for the murders of a woman and her daughter.  (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP, File)

No family members of Magouirk and Syren witnessed the execution. Crutsinger did not mention the two women during his final statement.

“The defendant stabbed two elderly women to death in their own home. They had offered him a chance at honest work. The loss of mother and daughter Pearl Magouirk and Pat Syren is still felt deeply by their family and the Fort Worth community. Our sympathy and thoughts continue to be with them,” Hartmann said in a statement.

The U.S. Supreme Court had declined a request by Crutsinger’s attorney to stop the execution. The lawyer had argued Crutsinger’s previous attorney had a long history of incompetent work in death penalty cases.

“The jury heard nothing from the defense that provided an explanation about the disease of alcoholism in relation to the offense conduct,” including such things as “a history of domestic violence and abuse, and repeated losses of significant friends and relatives,” Lydia Brandt, Crutsinger’s current attorney, wrote in her one of her Supreme Court petitions.

Brandt also argued lower courts had wrongly denied Crutsinger funding to investigate competency and mental health claims that were not sufficiently reviewed by prior attorneys.

Lower appeals courts and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles also had declined to stop the execution.

Investigators said DNA evidence tied Crutsinger to the killings and he confessed.

Brandt described Crutsinger’s previous appellate lawyer, Richard Alley, as a “great word processor” who cut and pasted “worthless” legal arguments from other cases and who was removed from another death row client’s case and suspended from practicing in federal court.

Brandt alleged that Alley performed similar shoddy work in at least six other death penalty cases. Four of those inmates have been executed. An attorney for former death row inmate Bobby Woods also alleged incompetent work by Alley before Woods was executed in 2009.

In 2006, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals removed Alley from its list of lawyers eligible to represent death row inmates in their appeals. Alley died in 2017.

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“I do the best I possibly can on all these cases,” Alley told the Austin American-Statesman in a 2006 story that was part of a series that looked at the bad work by court-appointed attorneys in appeals of death penalty cases.

The Texas Attorney General’s Office called Crutsinger’s allegations against Alley “speculative” because he had not identified any claim that Alley should have raised but did not. The attorney general’s office also said Crutsinger’s case has received an “extensive review” during his appeals process.

Fox News’ Shannon Bream and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fire blocked escape for 34 on boat off Southern California coast, investigators say

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The early-morning fire aboard the Conception, which carried scuba diving enthusiasts on a three-day excursion off California, blocked any escape, investigators said.

It spread rapidly and flames blocked both exits out of the lower deck, where passengers and one crew member were sleeping in tight quarters, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

Flames roared through the boat of sleeping scuba divers so quickly that it appears none of the 34 people below deck could escape, authorities said Tuesday. This, as they ended their search without finding anyone who was missing still alive from the Labor Day tragedy off the Southern California coast.

It’s not known what started the fire.

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National Transportation Safety Board member Jennifer Homendy said Tuesday that she was “100 percent confident” investigators would find the cause of the fire aboard the Conception, which caught fire before dawn Monday and sank near Santa Cruz Island.

She also said the NTSB planned to stay at the scene for up to 10 days and would look into safety measures aboard the boat, such as whether it had fire extinguishers, and will interview survivors, first responders, divers and others.

The captain and four crew members awake on the upper decks jumped off the front of the vessel, swam to an inflatable boat at the back and steered it to a ship anchored nearby.

Among those believed to be dead are five members of one family and the marine biologist leading the diving tour.

DNA will be needed to identify all the victims, and authorities will be using the same rapid analysis tool that identified victims of the deadly wildfire that devastated the Northern California town of Paradise last year, the sheriff said.

Officials have not released any victims’ names, but Brown said he had heard anecdotally that they ranged from teenagers to people in their 60s. He said most appear to have been from Northern California, including Santa Cruz, San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The 75-foot Conception was on the last day of a three-day excursion to the chain of rugged, windswept isles that form Channel Islands National Park in the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles. The fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m. Monday as the boat sat anchored in Platt’s Harbor off Santa Cruz Island.

The sheriff said all 34 victims were trapped on the boat’s lower deck when flames quickly blocked both a narrow stairway and an escape hatch leading to the upper decks.

“The one crew member who was not rescued appears to have been asleep in the sleeping area down below with the passengers,” Brown said.

It appears the crew sent multiple mayday calls, including one from the Conception in which a crew member could be heard saying he couldn’t breathe.

A later one came from the fishing vessel the Grape Escape after the crew reached it in their small boat. One of the vessel’s owners said he heard explosions as he watched the Conception go up in flames from about 100 yards away. Brown said the blasts could have been exploding scuba tanks or propane tanks.

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The Conception, based in Santa Barbara Harbor, was owned by Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics, founded in 1974. A memorial at the harbor has quickly grown as mourners come to pay their respects.

Coast Guard records show the boat’s owners quickly addressed all safety violations from the last five years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan: Feds are ‘very well prepared’ for Hurricane Dorian

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan told Fox News Tuesday that the federal government is ready if and when Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in America.

“Everyone is very well prepared,” McAleenan told “Shepard Smith Reporting.” They got in front of it.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has more than 1,600 employees in or on the way to Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

The American Red Cross has opened 170 shelters and evacuation centers. More than 13,000 people are already at those facilities. The National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard say they have readied troops to respond once the storm hits.

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“The president… did a full briefing… making sure we are all ready, on the same page,” McAleenan told Fox News. “He is very engaged.”

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Dorian was about 105 miles east of Vero Beach, Fla. and was moving northwest at 6 mph. A category 2 storm, Dorian packs maximum sustained winds of 110 mph with higher gusts.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Atlantic coastline north from West Palm Beach, Fla., through Georgia and across southeast Virginia was expected to get 3 to 6 inches of rain through Friday. The coast of North and South Carolina was expected to get between 5 and 10 inches of rain over the same period, with up to 15 inches in sports.

More than 2 million people along the coast in Florida, Georgia and North and South Carolina have been encouraged or ordered to evacuate. While the threat of a direct hit on Florida had all but evaporated, the core of the storm is expected to move dangerously close to the Florida and Georgia coasts Tuesday night through Wednesday night. The center of Dorian is then expected to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning.

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McAleenan noted residents along the U.S. East Coast should be prepared to leave their homes if necessary and should heed evacuation orders from local officials.

“I’d like to tell them not to get complacent,” he warned. “Stay on your toes and be very wary of this storm.”

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Palestinian student, 17, who’d been blocked from entering US, arrives at Harvard

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Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian student living in Lebanon, who was said to have been blocked from entering the U.S. because of his friends’ social media posts, arrived at Harvard University Monday to start his college journey Tuesday, The Harvard Crimson reported.

“The last ten days have been difficult and anxiety filled, but we are most grateful for the thousands of messages of support and particularly the work of AMIDEAST,” a statement from his family said. AMIDEAST is a nonprofit organization that awarded Ajjawi a scholarship providing legal assistance.

His family continued, “We hope now that everyone can respect our and Ismail’s privacy and he can now simply focus on settling into College and his important class work.”

Akkawi, who has big plans to study medicine this fall, was refused entry into the U.S. after he landed 10 days ago at Logan International Airport in Boston. The freshman said the denial had to do with politically oriented social media posts by his friends.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman Michael McCarthy said that the decision to cancel Ajjawi’s visa was based on information discovered during an inspection, but did not specify what that information was.

“We truly appreciate the efforts of so many individuals and officials in Lebanon, Washington, Massachusetts and at Harvard that have made it possible for our son Ismail Ajjawi to begin his studies at Harvard with his class,” his family’s statement added.

His family has lived in a camp for Palestinian refugees in the southern Lebanon port city of Tyre.

As a teenager, Ajjawi made headlines in Lebanon for being a top scorer on primary and secondary school exams. “I want to become a doctor because there are a lot of things in medicine that have not been discovered yet,” he told a station in Lebanon earlier this year.

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Searches of electronic devices and social media at border points were conducted under previous administrations, but free speech groups complain they have been stepped up since President Trump took office in 2017.

The Trump administration says the enhanced searches have been critical to prevent extremists from entering the country.

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People in Bahamas taking desperate measures to stay alive as Hurricane Dorian pummels islands

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Hurricane Dorian is leaving catastrophic tragedy in its wake.

Officials in the Bahamas said they received a “tremendous” number of calls from people in flooded homes. A radio station received more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a 5-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a grandmother with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters. Other reports involved a group of eight children and five adults stranded on a highway and two storm shelters that flooded.

Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that officials urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary.

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The water reached roofs and the tops of palm trees. One woman recorded water lapping at the stairs of her home’s second floor.

Most people went to shelters as the storm neared.

Tourist hotels shut down, and people living on the islands boarded up their homes. Many were expected to be left homeless.

Police Chief Samuel Butler urged people to remain calm and share their GPS coordinates, but he said rescue crews had to wait until weather conditions improved.

“We simply cannot get to you,” he told Bahamas radio station ZNS.

At least five deaths in the Bahamas were blamed on the storm.

At least 21 people were hurt in the Bahamas and evacuated by helicopters, Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said.

“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” Minnis said in announcing the deaths. He called the devastation “unprecedented and extensive.”

Parliament member Darren Henfield described the damage as “catastrophic” and said officials did not have information about what happened on nearby cays. “We are in search-and-recovery mode. … Continue to pray for us.”

A spokesman for Bahamas Power and Light told ZNS that there was a blackout in New Providence, the archipelago’s most populous island. He said the company’s office on Abaco Island was flattened.

“The reports out of Abaco as everyone knows,” spokesman Quincy Parker said, pausing for a deep sigh, “were not good.”

The fearsome Category 4 storm slowed almost to a standstill as it shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed.

Forecasters warned that Dorian could generate a storm surge as high as 23 feet.

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By 8 p.m. ET Monday, the storm’s top sustained winds fell slightly to 140 mph. It had beencrawling along Grand Bahama Island at 1 mph and then remained stationary.

The ferocious storm’s center was about 25 miles northeast of Freeport Grand Bahama Island. It has barely budged from that position all day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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With Hurricane Dorian looming, South Carolina starts evacuating hundreds of thousands

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As Hurricane Dorian threatens, an evacuation order affecting 820,000 people along the entire South Carolina coast went into effect Monday afternoon.

So far, evacuations have gone well, Gov. Henry McMaster said. He pointed out that transportation officials reversed all lanes of Interstate 26 about four hours earlier than planned Monday after noticing traffic jams from evacuees and vacationers heading home on Labor Day.

Officials were encouraging people to leave before tropical storm force winds arrive on Hilton Head Island sometime Wednesday and move up the coast for 24 hours.

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McMaster ordered coastal schools and government offices closed Tuesday, but said he would wait and see how many schools might be needed for shelters before talking to districts about canceling classes in inland areas later this week.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp urged people living along the coast to escape ahead of Hurricane Dorian, citing the storm’s powerful winds and uncertain path. He issued an executive order Monday night freeing up 2,000 members of the National Guard to prepare for hurricane response and recovery.

The governor told reporters Monday in Savannah: “This is not one to play with.”

Kemp said people living on Georgia’s barrier islands especially ought to get out, warning that emergency responders may not be able to reach them if causeways get flooded or blocked by debris. Georgia officials have planned to turn Interstate 16 linking Savannah and Macon into a one-way evacuation route Tuesday.

In Florida, state officials said more than 70 nursing homes and assisted living facilities along the Atlantic coast, as well as seven hospitals, were evacuated. Disney World announced it would close early Tuesday, and Sea World — also in Orlando — announced it would stay closed all day.

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Warnings also were ramping up along the North Carolina coast as well with Dorian still days away.

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency Saturday for the entire state, saying he’s activated 300 members of the National Guard to help with preparations and storm response.

North Carolina officials also said they expect far less rain or flooding from Dorian than the state experienced during Florence last year.

Florence was blamed for 45 storm-related deaths in North Carolina and the National Hurricane Center listed it as causing $22 billion in damage.

A state of emergency also took effect in Virginia.

“Hurricane Dorian is a serious storm, and current predictions indicate that it may affect parts of Virginia,” Gov. Ralph Northam said. “I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure that localities and communities have the appropriate level of assistance, and to coordinate the Commonwealth’s response to any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian. I encourage Virginians to take all necessary precautions to make sure they are prepared as well.”

Northam took the action Monday anticipating the storm would start to show its effects in southeastern Virginia on Thursday. Dorian could trigger include coastal and inland flooding and prolonged power outages.

The hurricane unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that officials urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary.

The fearsome Category 4 storm slowed almost to a standstill as it shredded roofs, hurled cars and forced even rescue crews to take shelter until the onslaught passed.

Back in the United States, the National Hurricane Center extended watches and warnings across the Florida and Georgia coasts. Forecasters expected Dorian to stay off shore, but meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that “only a small deviation” could draw the storm’s dangerous core toward land.

By 5 p.m. ET Monday, the storm’s top sustained winds fell slightly to 145 mph. It had been crawling along Grand Bahama Island at 1 mph and then remained stationary.

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Dorian was likely to begin pulling away from the Bahamas early Tuesday and curving to the northeast parallel to the southeastern coast of the U.S.

The system is expected to spin 40 to 50 miles off Florida, with hurricane-force wind speeds extending about 35 miles to the west.

Fox News’ Mike Arroyo contributed to this report.

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