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Jeanne weakens

Tropical Storm Jeanne battered the Dominican Republic before heading to the Bahamas on Saturday.

Jeanne lost strength as it drove thousands of Dominicans from their homes by late Friday. But a few hours after being downgraded to a tropical depression, it strengthened again into a tropical storm with lashing winds.

Brian Jarvinen of the National Hurricane Center in Miami said he couldn't rule out the possibility that it might eventually strike Florida.

At 8 p.m., Jeanne was near the Turks and Caicos islands, at latitude 22.2 north and longitude 72.3 west. It was moving north about 6 mph with maximum sustained winds near 45 mph. Storm-force winds extended up to 85 miles.

Out at sea, Hurricane Karl, which had sustained winds near 85 mph, posed no immediate threat to land, forecasters said.

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