As hurricane blows, dive bar toasts ‘Here’s to Wilmington!’

  • Locals riding out the storm toast Hurricane Florence as they relax at the Barbary Coast bar in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as the Florence threatens the coast Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Kathryn Cloniger-Kirk, left, Michael Ussery, right, and Steven Harrington, back, chat as they relax at Barbary Coast bar in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as the Florence threatens the coast Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • Locals have a drink as they relax at the Barbary Coast bar in downtown Wilmington, N.C., as Florence threatens the coast Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — As Hurricane Florence blew into Wilmington, about two dozen locals gathered behind the boarded-up windows of a bar that’s survived its share of squalls and tempests. There they raised their glasses Thursday in a toast and a shout: “Here’s to Wilmington!”

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