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Fierce overnight storm hits Augusta

   A howling thunderstorm overnight caused a delay in opening gates for the patrons here at Augusta National today. Instead of letting people in at 8, officials pushed the opening to 8:45 to clean up debris from the fierce storm. A local radio station said "sources" indicated a 100-year-old magnolia tree was downed, but no announcement on that has come from the Masters.

        Yours truly can testify to the fact that there are power outages (local reports said that 16,000 people are without power). The condo I'm renting for the week went dark in the middle of the night and still is that way. Was quite a challenge to get around during the first night in a strange place without lights. But, hey, a major is always a challenge. 

       Anyway, the forecast for the rest of today here is good (it's still windy and only 50 degrees right now). But the rest of the week is expected to be excellent, so the Masters should go from start to finish without a hitch.

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