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Hurricane Alberto should stay far from land, experts say

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MIAMI (AP) — Alberto, the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, was expected to swing northward and intensify slightly as it churned over open seas Friday, but forecasters predicted it would stay far from land.

Alberto has been moving northwesterly, and forecasters said it will pass well east of Bermuda. Early today, it was about 360 miles southeast of Bermuda and moving northwest at 18 mph.

The hurricane sustained 85 mph winds and was expected to strengthen by about 5 mph through Friday, forecasters said. However, they said it will taper off and become a standard storm system over cooler north Atlantic waters this weekend.