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Tropical Storm Sebastien strengthens, no land threat

An early morning advisory shows the storm turning toward the northeast.
The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows the storm moving toward the northeast out to sea. [National Hurricane Center]
The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shows the storm moving toward the northeast out to sea. [National Hurricane Center]

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Sebastien has strengthened in the Atlantic but is expected to stay over open waters.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds Wednesday are 50 mph (80 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some slight strengthening is possible over the next 48 hours but Sebastien is expected to be absorbed by a cold front in a few days.

The storm is centered about 235 miles (378 kilometers) northeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving northwest near 8 mph (12.87 kph).

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