Hurricane Leslie forms far out in Atlantic Ocean

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The National Hurricane Center declared Leslie a hurricane this morning as it gathered up its thunderstorms enough to develop a ragged eye overnight with 75 miles per hour winds.

Leslie is about 540 miles east of Bermuda and is moving to the southwest at 7 mph.

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Tropical storm Leslie strengthened into the Atlantic season's sixth hurricane on Wednesday, but meteorologists said the Category 1 storm is expected to give the British Overseas Territory a wide berth.

Leslie is forecast to become a hurricane tonight or early Wednesday. Swells are expected to increase near the coasts of New England and Atlantic Canada by the end of the week.

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There now is no forecast threat to land with Leslie, which should turn north further into the Atlanic by late Wednesday, followed by a motion toward the north-northeast on Friday.

Strong north-easterly winds will gradually turn northerly as the storm progresses, according to the Bermuda Weather Service.

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The tropics have been generally quiet after a whirlwind early September. This pulse is not expected to be as big as last weekend's swell, primarily because the storm is not as big as it was late last week, but it will still be pretty solid for some. It did so on St. Lucia in the Lesser Antilles on Thursday.

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