The latest intensity as of 18Z is 90kts, or a CAT2 hurricane. Charley is still intensifying quickly with nearly ideal environmental conditions. If this does hit the Tampa and St. Petersburg area as a major hurricane, it will be their first in 83 years. Mandatory evacuations have now displaced at least 500,000 people in west central and southern FL in preparation of Charley's landfall tomorrow. (Already, traffic on Hwy 1 out of the Keys has been gridlocked due to accidents.) Cuba has evacuated over 26,000 people to inland locations so far.
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