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Historic fishing village prepares for Hurricane Idalia’s devastating storm surge

CEDAR KEY — Ahead of Hurricane Idalia’s landfall, expected early Wednesday, residents of this historic, Gulf coast fishing village renowned for its waterfront seafood restaurants and quaint stores were wondering whether their luck was about to run out. On the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, windows were boarded Tuesday, businesses were empty and cars were missing from driveways. A few people on golf carts drove along the island’s roads ahead of the storm — just before an evacuation. Forecasters predicted the storm would strengthen to at least a Category 3 hurricane before landfall, with storm surges...

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Powerful Hurricane Hilary heads for Mexico’s Baja. Rare tropical storm watch issued for California

By IGNACIO MARTINEZ and JULIE WATSON (Associated Press) CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Hilary churned off Mexico’s Pacific coast Friday as a powerful Category 4 storm threatening to unleash torrential rains on the mudslide-prone border city of Tijuana before heading into Southern California as the first tropical storm there in 84 years. Forecasters warned the storm could cause extreme flooding, mudslides and even tornadoes across the region. Hilary grew rapidly in strength early Friday before losing some steam, with its maximum sustained winds at 130 mph (215 kph) Frday night, down...

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Two disturbances forecast to emerge off Africa, ending quiet period over Atlantic Ocean

A dormant August stretch of storm activity in the tropics is set to conclude as the National Hurricane Center is forecasting two disturbances off the west coast of Africa. After a week and a half of quietude over the Atlantic Ocean, the 8 p.m. update described one area of low pressure in the east-central Atlantic and another in the eastern area of the body of water. Both systems initially have been given a 20% chance of development over the next week. Of the more centrally located area of interest, the National Hurricane Center wrote: An “area of low pressure could develop by the middle to latter...

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