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The Michigan Daily
Vol. LXXXVI, No. 64-S Ann Arbor, Michigan-Tuesday, August 10, 1976 Ten Cents Twelve Pages
Belle buffets East Coast
Hurricane thrashes
Jersey, nears N.Y.
NEW YORK W)-Hurricane Belle sent giant waves crashing
over Atlantic City'y famed boardwalk last night, then swept to-
ward a landfall on eastern Long Island.
Most of the New York metropolitan area's 18 million residents
'appeared destined to escape the full fury of the hurricane, al-
though high winds and torrential rains slashed the area just before
HIGHEST SUSTAINED winds were 100 m.p.h. and hurricane
force winds extended 50 miles from the center. Gales extended 125
S' R miles to the east and 100 miles to the west of the center.
0 At 10p .m. EDT, the storm center was about 70 miles south,
southeast of New York City, near latitude 39.6 north and longitiude
73.8 west. Belle moved northward at 25 m.p.h. and was expected
to increase in forward speed as it turned to the northeast.
In Belle's path lay the town of Islip in Long Island's eastern-
most county of Suffolk. The site is more than 25 miles from the
New York city limits.
THE NATIONAL Hurricane Center in Miami said Belle had
weakened somewhat and slowed down. Forecasters predicted it
would touch the coast after normal high tides had subsidbed,
easing the expected dangerous flooding.
"The good news for the Jersey coast," said Frank Neil, hur-
ricane center director, "was that they are on the weak side of the
hurricane. That's because the eye of the storm stayed off the
Jersey coast."
Nevertheless, the storm knocked out power in dozens of Jersey
shore communities, battered down trees and touched off a rash
of some 75 fire alarms, at least one of them a serious blaze. A
nursing home had to be evacuated by National Guard troops.
HEAVY RAINS and gusty winds lashed New York City's de-
serted streets late Monday night and rainstorms extended 150
i. miles to the north.
$, Forecasters predicted 50 m.p.h. to 60 m.p.h. winds in the New
York metropolitan area and minimal hurricane force winds of 75
m.ph. or higher over eastern Long Island.
No deaths were directly attributed to the hurricane. But
three adult sand two culdren died in a car-truck crashon a srain-
slicked highway near the North Croina-Virginia line. A mass
-' exods from coastal areas in the storm's path w'. all but com-
plete before nightfall, as the tempo of the heavy rain incresed
with the hurricane's approach from the soth. 'Tens of thousand.'
fled to high ground.
AP Photo
A NO VACANCY sign at a motel in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina welcomes Hurricane Belle. HOWEVER, SOME stayed put.
The edge of the storm whipped through the state's coastal areas yesterday but caused little "We've got to stay with it, so I might as well do it with a
serious damage. See HURRICANE, Page 10
urfinds Harrises guit
Pair convicte on counts
of kidnping, robbery
LOS ANGELES i - William and men, who had struggled with 11 charges
Emily Harrs, onetime fugitive travel- i st the couple, reduced the most
ing companions of Patricia Hearst, were serious of those charges from kidnaping
convicted yesterday of kidnaping and for the purpose of robbery to simple kid
robbery. They were acquitted of six as- naping, thus giving the Harrises a re-

saott charges tied to Patty Hearst's ma- priev. from mandatory life sentences.
chine-gun attack on a sporting goods THE JURY also reduced 1wo charges
store, of robbery to simple car theft. /
The two -avctwed members of the ter- The status of the Harris verdict re-
rorist Symbionese Liberation Army were mised uncertain. The judge questioned
calm and impassive as their verdicts a joror accused of prejudice, and the
were read. juror steadfastly denied having made a
William Harris THE JURY of seven women and five See JURY, Page 5 Emily Harris

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