Tropical Storm Gordon strengthens in Atlantic

AP News
Posted: Aug 17, 2012 1:00 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Gordon is nearing hurricane-strength in the Atlantic but it is expected to move away from the United States.

Gordon's maximum sustained winds late Thursday are near 70 mph (113 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is forecast over the next two days and Gordon could become a hurricane Friday.

Gordon is centered about 1315 miles (2116 kilometers) west of the Azores and is moving east at 17 mph (27 kph).

The storm's forecast track shows it moving farther east in the Atlantic over the next few days and the hurricane center says those in the Azores should monitor its progress.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Depression Hector is weakening and is expected to become a remnant low on Friday.