Idalia was expected to become a major hurricane on Wednesday with sustained winds topping at least 111 miles per hour (179 kph) before it slams into the west coast of Florida later in the day, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The third largest oil producer in the U.S. Gulf said non-essential personnel were withdrawn from its Blind Faith and Petronius plaforms, and all staff removed from its Genesis platform. Blind Faith and Petronius are up to 160 miles southeast of New Orleans in the Central Gulf of Mexico.
Reporting by Gary McWilliams; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama – Reuters
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