Image: This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, October 30, 2007 at 01:45 PM EDT shows Noel near Camaguey, Cuba, which is producing widespread rainfall across southeastern Cuba, southern Bahamas, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Farther north, a stationary front cuts across the Florida Peninsula. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
MIAMI (AP) — Residents of southeastern Florida were advised early Wednesday to keep an eye on the progress of Tropical Storm Noel, a killer storm which could pass close to the state over the next few days.
At 5 a.m. EDT, Noel's top sustained winds were near 40 mph, down from 60 mph a day earlier, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm has crashed through the Caribbean, creating floods and mudslides that have killed at least 22 people.
It was moving "erratically" toward the north-northwestward near 7 mph and approaching the northern coast of Cuba, the center said. But it was expected to turn away from Florida later in the week and speed into the open Atlantic.
Tropical storm-strength winds extended up to 175 miles from the storm's center. Above-normal tides and heavy rains were expected in its path into the Atlantic.
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