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MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Gaston has weakened to a tropical storm in the Atlantic.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm's maximum sustained winds Thursday are near 70 mph (110 kph) with a turn toward the west-northwest and a decrease in forward speed expected on Saturday.

The hurricane is centered about 1,160 miles (1,865 kilometers) east-northeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving northwest near 17 mph (28 kph).

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Lester is strengthening far off Mexico's coast. The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 kph). Additional strengthening is forecast and Lester is likely to become a hurricane on Friday.

Lester is centered about 465 miles (750 kilometers) south-southwest of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is moving west-northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).

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