Tropical Storm Michael strengthens in eastern Atlantic

Tropical Storm Michael strengthens in eastern Atlantic

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Tropical Storm Michael strengthens in eastern Atlantic

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Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 5:06 PM

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say small Tropical Storm Michael has strengthened in the eastern Atlantic Ocean but does not pose a threat to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tuesday afternoon that Michael was moving slowly toward the north-northwest at about 7 mph (11 kph). Current models showed it staying well out to sea over the next few days.

Michael had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph). It was 1,210 miles (1,947 kilometers) southwest of the Azores.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Leslie was moving very slowly more than 500 miles (805 kilometers) south of Bermuda. That storm's maximum sustained winds Tuesday were near 65 mph (100 kph).

In the Pacific, what was Tropical Depression John has fallen apart.

AP-WF-09-04-12 1457GMT

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