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UPDATE: Faye now a hurricane; TS Gonzalo threatens to become one within days

Tropical Storm Fay is now a hurricane but still poses no threat to Florida.

The same fate is expected of Tropical Storm Gonzalo, which is projected to become a hurricane this week.

Fay is located 290 miles northeast of Bermuda. Winds have increased to 75 mph making it a hurricane.

"It won’t stay that way for long, since it is encountering strong shear and is moving ENE at 25 mph," said Bay News 9 meterologist Diane Kacmarik.

It will not affect land.

Fay knocked out power for thousands of people in Bermuda on Sunday as it lashed the British chain of islands with heavy rain and gusting winds before moving out toward the open Atlantic.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths as authorities assessed damage Sunday morning.

The storm disrupted power for more than 27,000 customers of the Bermuda Electric Light Company. The utility is the sole supplier of electricity for the territory of roughly 65,000 inhabitants.

Fay downed trees and utility poles and several roads were blocked across the tiny archipelago, which has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world and enforces strict building codes to ensure that homes can withstand intense weather. Bermuda's public works ministry urged residents not to venture out on the roads.

A low pressure system east of the Leeward Islands has developed into season's seventh named storm.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph 125 miles east of Guadeloupe in the Leeward Islands on Sunday afternoon. Moving west at 10 mph, it would be worrisome for Florida if not for a cold front expected to move down the state Tuesday and eventually steer the storm north.

"This storm is encountering little shear, so it is expected to intensify as it moves west," Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik said.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for some of the northern Leeward Islands, including Guadeloupe, Antigua, St. Martin/St. Maarten St. Kitts and Antigua, and tropical storm watches have been issued for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The storm is expected to move through the Leeward Islands by early Monday and continue moving west through Tuesday, then turn toward the west-northwest Tuesday night.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the Leeward Islands.

Forecasters expect it to strengthen into a hurricane over the next couple days and could reach Puerto Rico by Tuesday as a Category 1 storm. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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