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Tropical Storm Noel, which has killed at least 48 people, was moving away from the Cuban coast late Wednesday and strengthening over warm waters, prompting tropical storm watches to be issued for South Florida.

The watch -- meaning tropical storm conditions, including winds of at least 39 mph, are possible within 36 hours -- was issued for an area north of Ocean Reef to Jupiter Inlet, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. That area includes Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Forecasters said, however, that tropical-storm force winds are likely to remain offshore from Florida. Read full article »

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