Tropical Storm Frances

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Tropical Storm Frances is a stronger system this morning, but remains far out to sea.

Forecasters say the storm could be a hurricane in the next day or so. For now, it's centered about 1,195 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is expected to stay over water for at least the next five days.

Frances has top sustained winds of 60 miles an hour. It's continuing to gain strength in the favorable conditions over the Atlantic. The storm is moving west-northwest near 17 miles an hour. It's expected to continue that direction with a possible decrease in forward speed.

Forecast models differ on which direction Frances will eventually take. Some show it heading for the Leeward Islands, while others curve it north before it gets that far.

Frances centered at latitude 12.6 north, longitude 43.7 west.
Aug. 26