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Hurricane Irma was the longest-lasting powerful hurricane or typhoon ever recorded, worldwide.

Irma sustained its 185-mph winds for 37 hours – "the longest any cyclone around the globe has maintained that intensity on record," according to Phil Klotzbach, a research scientist at Colorado State University. The previous record was held by Typhoon Haiyan, also called Super Typhoon Yolanda, which hit the Philippines in 2013.

Updated at 5 a.m. ET Monday

Irma has weakened since beginning its push up central Florida, but is still a Category 1 hurricane with winds near 75 mph and higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its center is about 60 miles north of Tampa and continues to move along the northwest coast of the Florida peninsula. The NHC says Irma is expected to weaken to a tropical storm this morning and tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon.

Updated at 2:23 a.m. ET on Sunday

After battering Cuba on Saturday morning, the eye of Hurricane Irma has its sights set on Florida as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center early Sunday. The NHC's latest forecast shows the storm's center shifting west from Miami, and even Tampa, to target St. Petersburg.

Florida braces for direct hit

It looks like Stevie Wonder will not be performing in Texas anytime soon. The singer announced at a Quebec City performance that he will not be performing in Florida in protest of George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. He went further to say that he will not perform in any state that recognizes the “Stand Your Ground” law. Texas and 23 other states currently have some form of the law.

Dallas Mayor Rawlings has signed two education resolutions at the Conference of Mayors in Orlando. He says they send a message that improved academic outcomes are a top priority.

A few hundred people rallied at Paul Quinn College this afternoon – calling for “justice for Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida. KERA’s BJ Austin was at the South Dallas event.