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Getting Ready For Lee

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Phyllis and I just finished getting ready for Hurricane Lee. All going well, we will only get tropical storm-force winds here, but who knows, particularly since we are in the dangerous semicircle. We could also get some pretty nasty surge out of this, but AAC World Headquarters is up a

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