Forecasters Watch Storm Near Puerto Rico

MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center say a system off Puerto Rico still has the potential to become a tropical or subtropical storm. But the conditions around it have become less favorable for development.

At 10 a.m. today, the system was centered about 200 miles east of Puerto Rico. It's expected to continue moving west or southwest at about 20 miles per hour.

Forecasters warn that even if the system doesn't strengthen, it could still produce heavy squalls and near-gale force winds across the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later today. Its heavy rains also could cause life-threatening flash-floods and mudslides in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

The Atlantic hurricane season that ended November 30th saw 14 named storms, including six hurricanes.

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