Originally created 09/21/04

Hurricane Karl weakens slightly in Atlantic

MIAMI - Hurricane Karl weakened slightly Monday and remained on a course that would keep it in the open ocean, a threat only to shipping, and Tropical Storm Lisa developed far out in the Atlantic, forecasters said.

Karl, the seventh hurricane this season, had top sustained winds near 120 mph, down from about 135 mph Sunday. It could strengthen to a Category 4 hurricane, with wind of 131 to 155 mph, in the next day, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

At 11 a.m. EDT, Karl was centered about 1,010 miles east of the Lesser Antilles in the southeastern Caribbean and was moving west-northwest near 10 mph.

Lisa, the 12th named storm of the season, had top sustained winds of 60 mph and could become a hurricane by Tuesday, forecasters said. It was centered about 810 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands and was moving west near 12 mph.

The two storms come on the heels of Tropical Storm Jeanne, which was east of the Bahamas and drifting north away from the islands toward open seas, where it could gain strength.

Severe flooding brought by Jeanne killed more than 100 people in Haiti. Seven people died in the neighboring Dominican Republic and three died in Puerto Rico.

The hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

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National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov


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