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Ahead of Florida Landfall, Storm Idalia is Strengthening

It's predicted to be Category 3 on the Hurricane Wind Scale

Tropical Storm Idalia was expected to intensify into a major hurricane on Monday as it barreled toward Florida's Gulf Coast, where authorities urged millions of residents to prepare to evacuate ahead of an expected landfall early Wednesday morning.

Idalia, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph), was churning in the Caribbean on Monday about 90 miles off Western Cuba, moving north at 8 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 7 a.m. EDT.

The storm's growing intensity and its current northerly track put some 20 million Floridians under hurricane and tropical storm watches.

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