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Hurricane Bill was churning in the Atlantic Ocean early Monday evening with winds of 90 mph (145 kph), and forecasters said the storm -- still far from any shore -- could become a major hurricane by Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Claudette, which became the first tropical storm to hit the U.S. mainland this year when it made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Monday morning, was downgraded to a tropical depression by 8 a.m. as it moved over Alabama.

Claudette was producing heavy rain across the Florida Panhandle and northward into Alabama and Georgia, and was expected to move into northeastern Mississippi by Monday night. Flash flood watches were in effect for some areas. Read full article »

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