Maria prompts tropical storm warning in Bermuda

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Posted: Sep 13, 2011 6:30 PM
Maria prompts tropical storm warning in Bermuda

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Bermuda as Tropical Storm Maria crawls up the Atlantic.

Forecasters say that tropical storm conditions are expected on the island by early Thursday. The storm is also bringing heavy rainfall on Tuesday to Puerto Rico.

Maria has maximum sustained winds near 50 mph (85 kph) with some strengthening forecast during the next two days.

Maria is centered about 320 miles (515 kilometers) east of the southeastern Bahamas and is moving north-northwest near 8 mph (13 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Maria is expected to pass west of Bermuda on Thursday.

Maria's forecast track shows it curving away from the U.S.