HURRICANE GORDON . . . U-TURN TO FLORIDA

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Forecasters dubbed Hurricane Gordon the Atlantic's "most bizarre storm" in 22 years after it battered North Carolina's Outer Banks today, before doubling back toward Florida as a tropical storm. Earlier this week, the storm ripped through the Sunshine State. But by 4 p.m. today, Gordon was about 165 miles south of Cape Hatteras with winds clocking 70 mph (5 mph under hurricane speed) and heading south at 6 mph, with little change in strength expected by Saturday night. The last Southeastern storm to about-face was Hurricane Dawn in 1972, which followed a near-identical path.Post your opinion on theScience & Technologybulletin board.