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Strong gusts of wind and bands of heavy rain hit the Jensen Beach Causeway Park in Jensen Beach, Florida on Tuesday. Photo: Adam DelGiudice/AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Dorian is lashing Florida's northeast coast with tropical conditions, with dangerous winds and coastal flooding reported in the state as the deadly storm heads toward the U.S.

The big picture: Dorian was downgraded to a Category 2 storm on Tuesday, but the National Hurricane Center warns that it'll remain a powerful hurricane, and it's forecast to move near or over the Carolinas' coast Thursday through Friday morning. States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Mandatory evacuations had been taking place in the 5 states since the weekend, affecting millions of people, per ABC News

A work crew awaits a delivery of dirt to finish fixing a water main break as the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian hit Port St. Lucie Beach, Fla. Tuesday. Photo: Adam DelGiudice/AFP/Getty Images
A boat is tossed in large waves off the Jensen Beach Causeway Park in Jensen Beach, Fla. Photo: Adam DelGiudiceAFP/Getty Images
The effects of Hurricane Dorian begin to be felt in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on Monday. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
A Highland Beach, Fla., police officer checks drivers' IDs as he only allows residents to enter the Highland Beach area in preparation for Hurricane Dorian on Monday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
A woman seeks cover from wind, blowing sand and rain whipped up by Hurricane Dorian as she walks on the beach on Cocoa Beach. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security begins opening emergency shelters in 6 counties on Monday. Photo: GEMA/HS/Twitter
People place shutters over the windows of a store in Riviera Beach, Fla., Sunday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Sonya Temeloski gets caught in the rain and wind in Florida on Sunday, as Dorian crawls toward the state. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast boards animals in Fort Pierce, Fla., whose owners are under evacuation. Photo: Adam DelGiudice/AFP/Getty Images
An empty Fort Lauderdale International Airport arrivals hall in Florida. Photo: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

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Pfizer and BioNTech said their COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective at protecting children between the ages of 5 and 11 from symptomatic infections from the virus, according to a study posted online by the Food and Drug Administration Friday.

Why it matters: Pfizer is seeking an emergency use authorization to vaccinate children — one of the last groups of Americans still largely ineligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine.

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Inflation looks like it’ll run hot for longer than plenty of smart people thought it would. The conversation over just how much more Americans will have to pay for their stuff has taken on a new intensity, as supply problems show few signs of fading.

Why it matters: The rate of price growth has remained consistently strong in recent months — a time that some thought would bring cooling prices after an initial reopening spike. What goes on with prices will influence the decisions made by Congress, the Biden Administration, and the Federal Reserve.

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President Biden greets attendees during a commercial break in Baltimore last night. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

What matters from President Biden's town hall with CNN's Anderson Cooper at Baltimore Center Stage on Thursday:

The biggest headline: Biden is jettisoning the corporate tax increases that White House officials have insisted, for the past 10 months, are wildly popular across the country. He admitted he doesn't have the votes.

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