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Tropical Storm Nadine update: Strengthening slows as storm turns

Tropical Storm Nadine has lingered at just below hurricane strength, but is expected to meet less favorable conditions as it turns northeast, away from the U.S.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph as of 5 a.m. Friday, little changed from the day before, when the storm was expected to soon become a hurricane. That strengthening has now been pushed off to Monday, though forecasters say it's going to become more difficult for the storm.

Nadine was about 800 miles northeast of the Virgin Islands and other northern Leeward Islands, and 765 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. It's not expected to impact any land until perhaps it reaches the Azores in the middle of the Atlantic around Thursday.

If it does reach hurricane status, it would be the eighth Atlantic storm this season to do so, the upper bounds of the estimate NOAA made in early August.

Forecasters are eyeing one other tropical system off the South American coast, but give it only a 10 percent chance of forming into a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.

The heart of hurricane season is all but over, lasting from mid-August to mid-September. But the risk of tropical storms extends through October.

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