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Hurricane Michael strengthens before landfall

Hurricane Michael is now a Category 3 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 120 mph, with gusts to 150 mph. Landfall is still expected Wednesday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle.

Posted: Oct 10, 2018 3:06 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2018 3:37 PM

Congrats to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. On Monday night, he broke Peyton Manning's record to become the NFL's all-time leader in passing. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.

1. Hurricane Michael

This morning Hurricane Michael is a Category 2 hurricane, but it will strengthen to become a dangerous Category 3 storm by the time it is expected to hit the Gulf Coast on Wednesday. Most projected storm tracks indicate Michael -- with winds of at least 111 mph -- will hit along the Florida Panhandle sometime Wednesday morning. More than 100 counties from Mobile, Alabama, through the Florida Panhandle are under a state of emergency, and 1,250 National Guardsmen have been activated for duty. After slamming the Gulf Coast, Michael is expected to slog through Georgia and into the Carolinas, parts of which are still reeling from Hurricane Florence.

2. Brett Kavanaugh

When the Supreme Court convenes this morning, Brett Kavanaugh will be on the bench. His long, ugly confirmation fight is over, but the partisan bickering over it continues. The Women's March is expected to arrive at the court this morning to protest Kavanaugh on his first day. And some felt President Donald Trump threw fuel on this partisan fire with his politically charged comments at Kavanaugh's ceremonial swearing-in Monday at the White House. Trump apologized to Kavanaugh for "the terrible pain and suffering" he had to endure during his confirmation hearings.

3. New York limo crash

Hundreds of people gathered Monday night for a vigil near the site of that ghastly limo crash that killed 20 people in upstate New York. Disturbing new details have come out about the wreck. The modified limo failed inspection and shouldn't even have been out on the roads, New York's governor said. The limo's driver, who also died in the accident, wasn't properly licensed. Investigators are still trying to find out why the limo -- packed with 17 people headed to a birthday party at a brewery -- ran through a stop sign and crashed into a parked SUV. It's the deadliest transportation accident in the US in almost a decade.

4. Missing Saudi journalist

Turkey's President wants Saudi Arabia to prove that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi really left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week like the Saudi government maintains. Khashoggi, a frequent critic of Saudi Arabia's leadership, hasn't been seen since he entered the consulate a week ago to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Saudis should produce video or other evidence to back up their claims. Turkey has asked for permission to search the consulate. Unnamed Turkish officials told some media outlets that Kashoggi was killed in the consulate, but Saudi Arabia denies any involvement in his disappearance.

5. Climate change

We've only got a little over 10 years to stave off "unprecedented" changes in how we live on this planet before crossing the line -- perhaps permanently -- into disastrous levels of global warming. This dire warning comes from a new UN report. It says the planet will hit the crucial threshold of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by as early as 2030. That could usher in an era of extreme drought, wildfires, floods and food shortages for hundreds of millions of people. The report urges governments to act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Breaking news: Google+ is still around. More breaking news: But Google is shutting down its social network after a data breach it reportedly never told anyone about.

Tay vs. Ye
Remember when debates about Taylor Swift and Kanye West were just about the music? Yes, those were simpler times. Now it's all about politics.

Star power
The real star emerging from "A Star Is Born" is Charlie, director Bradley Cooper's dog. Cooper cast the lovable pooch himself.

Water works
Elon Musk may not be the most popular person on Wall Street right now, but he's turning into a beloved figure in Flint, Michigan's schools.

Mashup
Need a good reminder to buckle up that seat belt? Then check out this wreck in Arizona. No one was injured, because everyone buckled up.

TODAY'S NUMBERS

5,000-plus
The number of people who could still be missing in Indonesia after the September 28 earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi.

1,000
The number of wild horses in California that federal officials will start rounding up this week. Some will likely be adopted, but others might end up in the slaughterhouse.

AND FINALLY ...

Say what?
A dog gets into an argument with a squeaky rubber chicken, and that should be all the cuteness you need to kick-start your Tuesday. (Click to view.)

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 61839

Reported Deaths: 1707
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Hennepin19569839
Ramsey7717268
Dakota4507106
Anoka3752115
Stearns290920
Washington216345
Nobles17686
Olmsted176723
Scott159020
Mower11052
Rice10388
Blue Earth9325
Wright8975
Carver8783
Clay78840
Sherburne7328
Kandiyohi7021
St. Louis57319
Todd4292
Lyon4253
Freeborn3601
Steele3512
Nicollet34713
Watonwan3230
Benton3203
Winona26416
Beltrami2440
Crow Wing23814
Le Sueur2261
Martin2095
Chisago2041
McLeod2020
Goodhue1999
Otter Tail1983
Cottonwood1780
Becker1611
Pipestone1589
Polk1554
Waseca1490
Itasca14612
Douglas1441
Carlton1420
Unassigned13141
Dodge1290
Isanti1290
Pine1290
Murray1241
Chippewa1071
Morrison931
Wabasha930
Brown892
Faribault890
Meeker872
Rock850
Sibley842
Koochiching793
Jackson790
Pennington751
Cass742
Mille Lacs723
Fillmore670
Renville665
Lincoln580
Grant563
Swift551
Yellow Medicine520
Roseau520
Pope480
Houston420
Aitkin411
Norman400
Kanabec371
Redwood360
Hubbard350
Wilkin343
Marshall290
Wadena270
Mahnomen271
Red Lake240
Big Stone220
Lake210
Stevens180
Clearwater140
Traverse110
Lac qui Parle80
Cook50
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Kittson30

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 49380

Reported Deaths: 942
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Polk10444208
Woodbury373452
Black Hawk315766
Linn242888
Johnson211819
Dallas189835
Buena Vista179412
Scott174314
Dubuque169831
Marshall145026
Pottawattamie133228
Story117315
Wapello90533
Muscatine85148
Webster8268
Crawford7313
Sioux6433
Cerro Gordo63417
Warren5721
Tama55429
Jasper48127
Wright4751
Plymouth47011
Clinton4164
Dickinson3844
Louisa37814
Washington30510
Boone2623
Hamilton2511
Franklin24512
Bremer2307
Clarke2043
Clay2011
Carroll1942
Emmet1934
Des Moines1872
Shelby1861
Hardin1840
Marion1750
Poweshiek1608
Benton1601
Floyd1582
Allamakee1564
Jackson1561
Mahaska14217
Guthrie1355
Cedar1341
Jones1332
Buchanan1291
Henry1274
Madison1252
Butler1252
Hancock1212
Lee1183
Humboldt1181
Pocahontas1172
Delaware1171
Lyon1152
Harrison1101
Cherokee1101
Clayton1063
Taylor1000
Winneshiek971
Iowa971
Page950
Monona910
Kossuth900
Mills890
Palo Alto880
Jefferson870
Calhoun862
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Sac860
Fayette850
Osceola840
Grundy801
Mitchell790
Cass791
Union781
Monroe748
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Worth670
Davis612
Montgomery604
Chickasaw550
Appanoose513
Howard500
Fremont430
Greene430
Keokuk371
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Ida310
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Audubon291
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