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Tropical Storm Floyd strengthened today to become the fourth Atlantic hurricane of the year, churning with top sustained winds of 80 mph.

At 5 a.m., Floyd was centered about 215 miles east-northeast of Barbuda in the northern Leeward Islands. It was expected to continue moving toward the west-northwest at near 12 mph.

Hurricane force winds extended outward up to 175 miles from the storm's center.

The hurricane was expected to pass just north of the Leeward Islands, but could threaten the northeastern Caribbean if it shifts at all to the south.

Antigua, Barbuda, Anguilla, Dutch Saint Maarten, French St. Martin and St. Barthelemy are on alert.

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