Hurricane Frances

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August 31st 5AM
Hurricane Frances is passing north of the Leeward Islands this morning as it heads west closer to the United States' East Coast.

As of five o'clock this morning, Frances had top sustained winds of 125 miles an hour and is expected to get stronger over the day.

It's centered about 125 miles north of Saint Martin in the Leeward Islands and is moving west near 15 miles an hour.

This morning, a hurricane watch was issued for the southeastern
Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands.

Forecasters say it's too soon to know whether Frances will hit the United States, because its at least five days from the shore. But forecasts put Frances anywhere from Cuba to off the Carolinas by the end of the week.

Frances was centered near 19.9 north latitude, 62.8 west longitude.