Tropical Storm Pablo approaches Azores island chain

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Pablo has strengthened in the northeast Atlantic and is expected to soon pass near or over the eastern Azores, a Portuguese island chain.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Saturday at 5 p.m. EDT that Pablo was centered about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south-southwest of Santa Maria Island in the Azores. It has maximum sustained winds of about 60 mph (97 kph) and is moving northeast at about 25 mph (40 kph).

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Forecasters say it will pass near or over the Azores in the next several hours.

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