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Tropical Storm Gaston still ‘no threat’

Tropical Storm Gaston was 1,586 miles east-southeast of Bermuda this afternoon and is still not considered a threat to the island.

According to the Bermuda Weather Service's 6pm update, Gaston's closest point of approach to the island in the next 72 hours is forecast to be 557 nautical miles to the east-southeast at 6pm on Saturday.

The storm is heading west-northwest at about 16mph and a turn to the northwest is expected tonight, according to the US-based National Hurricane Centre.

As of the NHC's latest update, the storm boasts maximum winds of 70mph with stronger gusts.

Early forecasts suggest the storm will weaken over Thursday and Friday before gaining strength, possibly reaching hurricane strength over the weekend.

Tropical Storm Gaston: the weather system is expected to become a hurricane later today (Image courtesy of the Bermuda Weather Service)

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Published August 24, 2016 at 10:04 am (Updated August 24, 2016 at 7:43 pm)

Tropical Storm Gaston still ‘no threat’

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