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Idalia weakens to category 1 hurricane – US NHC

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Waves crash against the seawall due to strong wind as Hurricane Idalia hits Tampa Bay, Florida, U.S., August 30, 2023 in this handout image. Tampa Police Department via Facebook/Handout via REUTERS

Idalia weakened to a category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale and is crossing into southern Georgia, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest advisory on Wednesday.

Idalia was about 15 miles (20 km) south-south east of Valdosta Georgia. Maximum sustained winds decreased to 90 mph (150 kph) with higher gusts, the Miami-based forecaster said in its 11:00 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) advisory.

“Idalia is forecast to be a tropical storm while moving near the coasts of northeastern South Carolina and North Carolina tonight and on Thursday,” the NHC said.

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