Tropical Storm Earl upgraded to hurricane, threatens Bermuda

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Though the Atlantic hurricane season was slow to start, a new major storm is poised to slam the shores of Bermuda. Tropical Storm Earl, which appeared on Sept. 3 near the Caribbean, has been upgraded to a hurricane as of Wednesday morning.

Meteorologists predict that Hurricane Earl will become a major hurricane — classified as Category 3 or higher — by Thursday, Sept. 8. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm was approximately 485 miles off the coast of Bermuda as of the morning of Sept. 7. The island has since been issued a tropical storm warning, CNN reports. Earl is expected to pass to the southeast of Bermuda in 48 to 60 hours and then move northeast, away from other land masses.

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