Sean strengthens and could become hurricane

November 10, 2011 - 5:30 AM

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Sean continues to strengthen and could become a hurricane as it makes a turn to the northeast toward Bermuda. Warnings so far have focused on strong surf and currents.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Thursday that Sean's maximum sustained winds are 65 mph (100 kph). It is located about 390 miles (625 km) west-southwest of Bermuda and is moving north at 8 mph (13 kph). The storm is expected to turn toward the northeast later Thursday, and the center is expected to pass northwest of Bermuda on Friday morning.

Forecasters say Sean could become a hurricane later Thursday before weakening on Friday.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda.

The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to the end of November.