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


EDAR 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.


orecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Idalia is expected to become a major hurricane Tuesday night before it reaches the Big Bend, where the Florida Panhandle curves into the peninsula, and is still likely to be a hurricane while moving across southern Georgia on Wednesday.


uthorities warned residents of vulnerable areas along the Gulf Coast to pack up and leave to escape the twin threats of high winds and

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