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Tropical Storm Ida Hits New Jersey

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Remnants of Tropical Storm Ida are pounding the East Coast, and flooding coastal areas in New Jersey after slamming the Carolinas and Virginia. Strong winds and waves are causing severe beach erosion along the New Jersey shore.

The rain has not been as heavy as first predicted but the National Guard will evacuate Garden State residents if the need arises.

The Associated Press reports the storm is blamed for at least five deaths from North Carolina to New York. About 160,000 people are without electricity. Many streets are also flooded in Cape May County, which was under a state of emergency. Although officials suggested voluntary evacuations of low-lying areas late Thursday, there's no immediate word of any mandatory evacuations.

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