Tropical storm strengthens

Tropical Storm Fabian, the sixth named storm of the 2003 season, is slowly moving toward North America.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | BALTIMORE | August 29, 2003


Tropical Storm Fabian, the sixth named storm of the 2003 season, is slowly moving toward North America and growing in strength as it moves, according to a bulletin issued by the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

On Friday afternoon, Fabian had generated winds that topped out at 60 mph, said Frank Lepore, spokesman for the National Hurricane Center. The storm was not likely to threaten North America for at least another week, he said, if its speed and trajectory stayed relatively constant. Fabian was projected to move north of Puerto Rico by next Wednesday.

"You're probably looking at Friday or Saturday [of next week] before it becomes an issue for the East Coast," Lepore said. "So it's going to take a while."

There was the possibility, he said, that Fabian might reach hurricane status by Monday or Tuesday of next week.


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