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More storms headed toward Anchorage

Mike Dunham
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
High school runners lean back into the strong wind while taking a break from running. About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Page Spencer and her dog Piper didn't let Wednesday's windstorm stop them from a walk on Powerline Trail near Glen Alps Trailhead on September 19, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
A child leans into the strong wind after exiting Bear Valley Elementary School during Wednesday's windstorm on September 19, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Sandy Malbick braces herself against a fence while she plays fetch with her dog, Peanut, during Wednesday's windstorm on September 19, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Page Spencer and her dog Piper didn't let Wednesday's windstorm stop them from a walk on Powerline Trail near Glen Alps Trailhead on September 19, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Mail boxes lie in the middle of Carita Lane off of DeArmoun Road as high winds blast the hillside on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
High winds batter the hillside in Bear Valley off of Clark's Road on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A piece of wood was embedded into the windshield of Brian Christie's car when a construction site guard shack crushed his vehicle after being lifted into the air by a swirling wind gust that he estimated at 100 mph on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, 2012. Christie he was walking out to his car at the time of the wind gust and said, "I was 60 seconds away from being dead."
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Brian Christie describes a swirling wind gust that he witnessed lift a construction site guard shack into the air as it smashed through a fence, crush his a parked car, before coming to rest across a street on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, 2012. Christie estimated the wind gust at 100 mph. He was walking out to his car at the time of the wind gust and said, "I was 60 seconds away from being dead."
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Brian Christie describes a swirling wind gust that he witnessed lift a construction site guard shack into the air as it smashed through a fence, crush his a parked car, before coming to rest across a street on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, 2012. Christie estimated the wind gust at 100 mph. He was walking out to his car at the time of the wind gust and said, "I was 60 seconds away from being dead."
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A swirling wind gust lifted a construction site guard shack into the air as it smashed through a fence, crushed a parked car, before coming to rest across a street on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Firefighters from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson responded to the localized wind gust that damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A Municipality of Anchorage crew clears downed cottonwood trees from along Chester Creek near Knights Way in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Trees along the greenbelt were blown down in the overnight windstorm.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A Municipality of Anchorage crew clears downed cottonwood trees from along Chester Creek near Knights Way in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Trees along the greenbelt were blown down in the overnight windstorm.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Fred Yawit stands amid the cottonwood tress which were blown down in the backyard of his Newcomb Drive home by an over night windstorm in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
An overnight wind storm blew down trees in the back yard of a home near the intersection of Newcomb Drive and Emmanuel Drive in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
An overnight wind storm blew down trees in the back yard of a home near the intersection of Newcomb Drive and Emmanuel Drive in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Josh Hendrickson and Andrew Krug, with Tall Trees, feed cottonwood branches into a chipper at Fred Yawit Newcomb Drive home in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Cottonwood trees were blown down by an overnight windstorm.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A Municipality of Anchorage crew clears wind storm debris from Chester Creek near Knights Way in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Trees along the greenbelt were blown down in the overnight windstorm.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A Municipality of Anchorage workers chain saws a downed cottonwood tree across Chester Creek near Knights Way in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Trees along the greenbelt were blown down in the overnight windstorm.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Chris Hester helps clear a cottonwood tree from Elmore Road at the intersection with Abbott Road Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 in south Anchorage.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Gusting winds cause a cottonwood tree to slowly descend toward Elmore Road Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 just north of South High School.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Gusting winds whip the Hillside Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 in a view from Doggie Avenue.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Two large trees fell across Elmore Road near the intersection of Abbott Road on Tuesday evening, September 18, 2012. Maureen Burris, whose house the trees were near, said she lost several other trees in the windstorm two weeks ago.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Water streams off the Glen Alps parking lot during heavy rains Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 in Chugach State Park.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Gusting winds pop open mailboxes Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 on the Anchorage Hillside.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Signs topple in gusting winds including along Prominence Pointe Drive Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 on the Anchorage Hillside.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Trees and signs bend in the wind Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 along Romania Drive on the Anchorage Hillside.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
High school runners lean back into the strong wind while taking a break from running. About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
About 50 runners from the Grace Christian School cross country team trained at Storck Homestead Park along Clarks Road on the Anchorage Hillside during a windstorm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Coach Nate Davis said the runners stayed away from trees that could've fallen in the open field. The experience, he said, would be a good memory for the kids and might be similar to conditions they'll face at upcoming meets.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Page Spencer and her dog Piper didn't let Wednesday's windstorm stop them from a walk on Powerline Trail near Glen Alps Trailhead on September 19, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
A child leans into the strong wind after exiting Bear Valley Elementary School during Wednesday's windstorm on September 19, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Sandy Malbick braces herself against a fence while she plays fetch with her dog, Peanut, during Wednesday's windstorm on September 19, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Page Spencer and her dog Piper didn't let Wednesday's windstorm stop them from a walk on Powerline Trail near Glen Alps Trailhead on September 19, 2012.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Mail boxes lie in the middle of Carita Lane off of DeArmoun Road as high winds blast the hillside on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
High winds batter the hillside in Bear Valley off of Clark's Road on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A piece of wood was embedded into the windshield of Brian Christie's car when a construction site guard shack crushed his vehicle after being lifted into the air by a swirling wind gust that he estimated at 100 mph on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, 2012. Christie he was walking out to his car at the time of the wind gust and said, "I was 60 seconds away from being dead."
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Brian Christie describes a swirling wind gust that he witnessed lift a construction site guard shack into the air as it smashed through a fence, crush his a parked car, before coming to rest across a street on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, 2012. Christie estimated the wind gust at 100 mph. He was walking out to his car at the time of the wind gust and said, "I was 60 seconds away from being dead."
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Brian Christie describes a swirling wind gust that he witnessed lift a construction site guard shack into the air as it smashed through a fence, crush his a parked car, before coming to rest across a street on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, 2012. Christie estimated the wind gust at 100 mph. He was walking out to his car at the time of the wind gust and said, "I was 60 seconds away from being dead."
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A swirling wind gust lifted a construction site guard shack into the air as it smashed through a fence, crushed a parked car, before coming to rest across a street on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday morning, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
Firefighters from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson responded to the localized wind gust that damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A localized wind gust damaged vehicles and buildings at a construction site on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News
A Municipality of Anchorage crew clears downed cottonwood trees from along Chester Creek near Knights Way in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Trees along the greenbelt were blown down in the overnight windstorm.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A Municipality of Anchorage crew clears downed cottonwood trees from along Chester Creek near Knights Way in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Trees along the greenbelt were blown down in the overnight windstorm.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Fred Yawit stands amid the cottonwood tress which were blown down in the backyard of his Newcomb Drive home by an over night windstorm in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
An overnight wind storm blew down trees in the back yard of a home near the intersection of Newcomb Drive and Emmanuel Drive in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
An overnight wind storm blew down trees in the back yard of a home near the intersection of Newcomb Drive and Emmanuel Drive in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Josh Hendrickson and Andrew Krug, with Tall Trees, feed cottonwood branches into a chipper at Fred Yawit Newcomb Drive home in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Cottonwood trees were blown down by an overnight windstorm.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A Municipality of Anchorage crew clears wind storm debris from Chester Creek near Knights Way in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Trees along the greenbelt were blown down in the overnight windstorm.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
A Municipality of Anchorage workers chain saws a downed cottonwood tree across Chester Creek near Knights Way in east Anchorage on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Trees along the greenbelt were blown down in the overnight windstorm.
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News
Chris Hester helps clear a cottonwood tree from Elmore Road at the intersection with Abbott Road Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 in south Anchorage.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Gusting winds cause a cottonwood tree to slowly descend toward Elmore Road Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 just north of South High School.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Gusting winds whip the Hillside Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 in a view from Doggie Avenue.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Two large trees fell across Elmore Road near the intersection of Abbott Road on Tuesday evening, September 18, 2012. Maureen Burris, whose house the trees were near, said she lost several other trees in the windstorm two weeks ago.
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News
Water streams off the Glen Alps parking lot during heavy rains Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 in Chugach State Park.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Gusting winds pop open mailboxes Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 on the Anchorage Hillside.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Signs topple in gusting winds including along Prominence Pointe Drive Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 on the Anchorage Hillside.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News
Trees and signs bend in the wind Tuesday evening September 18, 2012 along Romania Drive on the Anchorage Hillside.
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News

Another windstorm is expected to hit Anchorage on Wednesday, with forecasters warning of potential gusts of 85 to 110 mph on the upper Hillside and gusts to 45 mph across much of the rest of the city.Meteorologist Shaun Baines with the National Weather Service said the strong winds will spread across the city over the course of the day, with the highest winds starting on the upper Hillside early in the morning. Winds will pick up on the lower Hillside, East Anchorage and Eagle River later in the morning, with gusts to 60 mph, and rest of the Anchorage Bowl receiving its strongest winds, with gusts to 45 mph, on Wednesday afternoon, the Weather Service said.

This is the third serious wind storm to hit Anchorage this month. The Wednesday storm was expected to bring variable conditions with rain, similar to last weekend's storm, Baines said. "It will be a very short duration event," he said.

Weather Service officials seemed more concerned by the likelihood of flooding in Southcentral Alaska, which they said could rival the serious flooding of October, 2006. Three days of rain are forecast, adding to the rain received in the last storm.

Rain gauges recorded from 9 to 14 inches at locations around the region. The gauge at the Cordova Boat Harbor recorded 17.7 inches between Sept. 15 and 17.

"Systems have been primed by the event over the weekend," said weather service hydrologist Ben Balk.

Area rivers and streams are at or just below flood stage right now and what Balk called a "fire hose of moisture" is aiming at Prince William Sound. The "hydrant" for the hose is in the Pacific Ocean at around 30 degrees latitude right now. High pressure along the west coast of the U.S. is forcing it north.

A satellite image on Tuesday afternoon showed a straight band of warm, moisture-laden air perhaps 300 miles across and several thousand miles long pointing like an arrow from the mid-Pacific to Barter Island. Resurrection Bay is roughly in the middle of the band.

"If that firehose points at the eastern Kenai Peninsula, the Seward area will be a concern," Balk said.

The record crest for the Resurrection River, just under 20 feet, was reached in the 2006 flood. "As of last weekend, it got up to 18 1/2 feet or so," Balk said.

If the hose points east, it will mean trouble for Cordova, another community hit hard by the 2006 flood. Eyak Lake is at flood stage. Homes around the lake and the Eyak River could flood as levels rise.

In addition to Cordova and Seward, the weather service has its eye on Valdez, the Anchorage bowl and the Susitna valley, all of which have streams near capacity and can expect more precipitation. The winds will die down on Wednesday night, they say. But periods of heavy rain may continue into Saturday.

Reach Mike Dunham at mdunham@adn.com or 257-4332.

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By MIKE DUNHAM
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