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Weather forecasters are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Dorian after it formed in the middle of the Atlantic earlier this week and continues to gain strength as it moves closer to land.
Forecasters revealed that the storm's maximum sustained winds increased to near 60 mph early Thursday and is more than 700 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, off the coast of west Africa.
It is traveling west-northwest near 17 mph and will not pose a threat to land for several days as it moves across the middle of the Atlantic.
The hurricane center is monitoring a low-pressure area about 300 miles east of Bermuda, giving it a 20 percent chance of developing over the next two days.
Dorian will continue tracking west-northwest over the next several days on the south side of the Bermuda-Azores high, and will remain over open waters through much of the upcoming weekend.
It may approach the longitude of the Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Sunday night into Monday.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Flossie formed far out over the Pacific. Flossie's maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with slow strengthening expected over the next day or so. The storm is centered about 1,045 miles west-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California and is moving west-northwest near 15 mph.