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Tropical Storms Paulette, Rene expected to curl northwest

Forecasters also are watching a patch of rough weather off the North Carolina coast.

Tropical Storms Paulette and Rene continued to spin in the Atlantic on Wednesday, but both are expected to take northwest turns later this week that will keep them away from Florida.

Paulette was located about 1090 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory Wednesday. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and was traveling at about 9 mph in a north-northwest direction. Forecasters predict it will start curling more to the northwest on Friday night or Saturday.

Rene was located about 510 miles north-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands, according to the 11 a.m. advisory. Maximum sustained winds were at 40 mph and the storm was headed west-northwest at 13 mph. Like Paulette, forecasters expect it to turn northwest later this week.

Forecasters also are watching a patch of rough weather off the North Carolina coast. It’s expected to travel northwest at 10 to 15 mph before going ashore in eastern North Carolina Thursday afternoon. Forecasters give it only a 30 percent chance of strengthening into a tropical cyclone, but are still cautioning residents to keep an eye on the storm.

Forecasters also are keeping an eye on a tropical wave expected to move off the African coast on Thursday. They are giving it an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone before Monday.

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