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Hurricane Sandy breaks records for rainfall in NC

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TWC News: National Weather Service says Sandy breaks precipitation record
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Hurricane Sandy is hitting North Carolina's coast with heavy rains and strong winds as it slowly moves north.

The storm broke records for rainfall in Wilmington on Sunday, dumping 1.54 inches and pounded the Outer Banks with winds reaching 70 miles an hour.

Sandy is causing some flooding and has forced the cancellation of several events and ferry routes.

A tropical storm warning is still in effect for the coast, north of the Cape Fear River.

Further north, millions of people are being urged to move inland.

Sandy is forecast to come ashore in the mid-Atlantic on Monday or Tuesday, where it's expected to merge with a winter storm.

It could dump heavy rains and snow over large parts of the northeast.

In preparation for sandy, Amtrak is cancelling train service in parts of the east coast and airlines are adding extra flights for people wanting to evacuate.

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