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Leslie Batters Bermuda With Tropical-Storm Force Winds

Tropical Storm Leslie, the 12th named system of the Atlantic season, is battering Bermuda with tropical-storm force winds as it passes to the east of the island, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Leslie was about 140 miles (230 kilometers) east of Bermuda with winds of 60 miles per hour and moving north at 10 mph, the Miami-based center said in an advisory issued at 11 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time. An earlier update pegged wind speeds at 65 mph.

The eye of the storm is forecast to continue passing to the east of Bermuda today and could strengthen to regain hurricane status either today or tomorrow as it heads for the east of Newfoundland, the NHC said. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda.

Farther to the east, Hurricane Michael was about 955 miles west-southwest of the Azores, spinning at 90 mph as it moved west at 5 mph, the NHC said in a separate advisory. The system is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm by Sept. 11.

The hurricane center is also monitoring a tropical wave that is about 200 miles west of the Cape Verde islands. The system has a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next two days, it said.

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