Young performers participate during Miss America 2018 - Show Me Your Shoes Parade on September 9, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. "AFP"

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP)
New Miss America to be crowned Sunday night in Atlantic City

The next Miss America will soon be crowned, just as a deadly hurricane slams into Florida and not long after another one inundated Texas.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been a backdrop to the Miss America preliminary competition this week, with contestants from storm-tossed or threatened states sending messages of support and promises of prayers to those in harm's way.

Contestants from Texas and Florida have each won a preliminary competition leading into the nationally televised finale.

The winner will be crowned in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall at around 11 p.m. EDT Sunday.

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