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Hurricane Michael Weakens as Tropical Storm Leslie Heads Toward Newfoundland

Leslie was moving at a fast clip off Newfoundland

Monday, Sep 10, 2012  |  Updated 4:53 PM EDT
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Hurricane Michael as of 5 p.m. Monday.

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Hurricane Michael continued weakening while Tropical Storm Leslie raced toward Newfoundland on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

As of 5 p.m., Michael had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph as it moved northwest at 12 mph about 1175 miles west of the Azores.

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Michael is expected to steadily weaken and could become a tropical storm by Monday night. The storm is also expected to turn northwestward, then north and then to the north-northeast and away from the U.S.

There were no watches or warnings in effect.

Meanwhile, Leslie was racing north-northeast at 35 mph with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph about 550 miles southwest of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

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A hurricane watch was in effect for Newfoundland from Stones Cove to Charlottetown, while a tropical storm warning was in effect for Newfoundland from Indian Harbour to Triton.

Leslie is expected to speed up even more as the storm approaches eastern Newfoundland early Tuesday. The storm should turn into an extratropical or frontal cyclone in about the next 24 hours, the National Hurricane Center said.

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