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TS Nadine weakens, Oscar maintains

Both storms far out in Atlantic Ocean

MIAMI | October 4, 2012

Tropical Storm Nadine was losing some of its punch Thursday while Tropical Storm Oscar changed little in strength, U.S. forecasters said.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Azores as Nadine, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, was expected to move over the central Azores Thursday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in its 8 a.m. EDT advisory.

Nadine was about 20 miles north-northwest of Lajes Air Force Base in the Azores, traveling northeast at 23 mph, the center said.

The storm was expected to turn toward north-northeast later Thursday then shift to the north by Friday.

Nadine's strength was expected to change little during the next 48 hours. Forecasters said Nadine was losing its tropical cyclone characteristics and should become a post-tropical cyclone Thursday.

Tropical storm-force winds extended outward from center up to 140 miles.

Nadine was expected to produce less than an inch of rain over portions of the Azores.

Tropical Storm Oscar, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, was about 1,245 miles west-northwest of the Cape Verde Islands, moving north-northwest at 9 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m advisory.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.

Oscar was forecast to turn toward the north Thursday, followed by a northeastward shift and acceleration Thursday night and Friday.

Little change in strength was expected through Thursday night.

Tropical storm force winds extended out from center up to 150 miles.

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