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Hurricane Edouard not forecast to strike land

Hurricane Edouard could become the first major hurricane of the year, but isn't forecast to strike North America.
Hurricane Edouard could become the first major hurricane of the year, but isn't forecast to strike North America. (National Hurricane Center)

A tropical cyclone named Edouardo on Sunday strengthened into the fourth hurricane of the 2014 season, but it's not forecast to strike North America.

The storm reached Category 2 strength early Monday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph as of 11 a.m., according to the National Hurricane Center. It is about 655 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.

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Hurricane center forecasters expect Edouardo could become the year's first major hurricane by Monday night. The last Atlantic tropical cyclone to reach major hurricane status, with winds of at least 111 mph, was Sandy in 2012.

But it is only expected to head north, and then northeast. It could eventually affect the Azores by next weekend, but otherwise, landfall is not expected.

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The heart of the Atlantic hurricane season is just about over, typically running from mid-August to mid-September, and overall it has been a quiet one. Typically seven named storms have formed by this point in the year, two more than we have seen.

On the other hand, four hurricanes don't typically form until Sept. 21, according to Atlantic tropical cyclone climatology.

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