Tropical Storm Henri Heads for Caribbean as Storm Weakens

MIAMI, Oct. 7 (UPI) — Tropical Storm Henri was forecast to be short-lived Wednesday morning as it moved westward toward the Caribbean, U.S. forecasters in Miami said.

The U.S. National Hurricane center said at 5 a.m. EDT, the center of the system was about 460 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands, moving west at 14 mph.

Maximum sustained winds were 50 mph with higher gusts that extended outwards 70 miles from the center, the forecasters said.

The center said at its closest approach to land, Henri would pass north of the Lesser Antilles.

However, the storm was expected to begin weakening Wednesday night, and the report said it could be dissipated by Thursday night.

Henri, the eighth named Atlantic storm this year, developed from a disorganized system Tuesday afternoon.

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