As it churns north in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Maria is expected to parallel Florida's east coast Wednesday, all the while remaining well out at sea.
At 11 p.m., Maria was about 375 miles southwest of Bermuda, moving north at 18 mph with sustained winds of 65 mph. It also was about 700 miles east of Fort Lauderdale.
The system is forecast to slide west of Bermuda on Thursday, close enough that it could produce 1 to 3 inches of rain and gusty winds over the island nation, prompting a tropical storm warning. It is not forecast to strengthen to just shy of hurricane status before reaching Bermuda.
Maria is projected to take aim for Newfoundland, Canada, on Friday.
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