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Idalia strengthens over warm Gulf of Mexico waters as it steams toward Florida

CEDAR KEY, Fla. (AP) — Florida residents living in vulnerable coastal areas were ordered to pack up and leave Tuesday as Hurricane Idalia gained steam in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and threatened to unleash life-threatening storm surges and rainfall. Idalia also pummeled Cuba with ...

Hurricane Idalia strengthens into a Category 2 storm with 100 mph winds

CEDAR KEY, Fla. (AP) — Hurricane Idalia strengthened to a Category 2 storm with 100 mph (155 kph) winds on Tuesday as it barreled toward Florida's Gulf Coast. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Idalia is expected to become a major hurricane Tuesday night before it ...