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Storm Dean grows in Atlantic
Tropical Storm Dean is still far out in the Atlantic, days away from land, but its top winds grew to 60 mph (97 kph) and it was expected to reach hurricane strength on Thursday.

At 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) on Wednesday its center was located 1,045 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, the string of Caribbean islands that stretches from Trinidad in the south to the Virgin Islands in the north.

It was moving to the west at about 20 mph (32 kph), forecasters said.

The hurricane center's long-range forecast had it crossing the Lesser Antilles near St. Lucia and Martinique on Friday as a Category 1 hurricane with top winds up to 95 mph (153 kph).

It was then expected to become a Category 3 hurricane with winds topping 110 mph (177 kph) as it headed through the Caribbean Sea toward Jamaica early next week.

Source: Reuters



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