Tropical Storm Watch Issued for Southeast Florida

MIAMI (AP) - A tropical storm watch was issued Wednesday afternoon by the National Hurricane Center for portions of southeast Florida.

The agency warns strong, gusty winds swirling between Tropical Storm Noel and a high-pressure system over the East Coast will continue buffeting Florida through tomorrow as Noel was expected to
skirt the state's coast.

At 5 p.m. Eastern, Noel's center was about 240 miles southeast of Miami.

The storm was nearly stationary, but was expected to turn to the north away from Florida later in the day and speed away from the U.S. over the Bahamas. It had top sustained winds near 50 miles per hour, up from 40 miles per hour earlier in the day.

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