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Byline: Jannell McGrew
Sep. 16--Alabama could be in line to receive hundreds of millions of federal disaster relief dollars if President Bush answers the governor's plea for help, state emergency officials say.
Rushing winds and torrential rains, officials said Wednesday, are sure to cause severe damage to buildings, power lines, trees, homes and businesses throughout the state, particularly in the coastal areas, which are expected to be hardest hit.
Flooding is imminent in low-lying areas. Debris strewn by winds topping 100 mph for hours at a time also would wreak havoc as the massive storm churns through the state over the next 24 hours.