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Tropical Storm Michael forms; Leslie could hit Bermuda

8:15 AM, Sep 5, 2012   |    comments
NOAA A satellite image shows Tropical Storms Leslie (left) and Michael (upper right) spinning in the central Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday.
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MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Tropical Storm Michael has formed over the eastern Atlantic Ocean but does not pose a threat to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday morning that Michael was moving slowly toward the north-northwest at about 5 mph. Current models showed it staying well out to sea over the next few days.

Michael had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. It was 1,220 miles southwest of the Azores.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Leslie was moving very slowly more than 500 miles south of Bermuda. That storm's maximum sustained winds Tuesday were near 65 mph. Forecasters say that Leslie could threaten Bermuda as a hurricane by the weekend.

In the Pacific, Tropical Depression John was moving to the northwest more than 400 miles off the coast of Baja California. It should continue to weaken and poses no threat to land.

Associated Press

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