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Hurricane Erin kicks off 2001 Atlantic season

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MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Erin formed in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, becoming the first hurricane of the 2001 Atlantic season.

The government of Bermuda issued a hurricane warning for the island, said forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

At 5 p.m. EDT, Erin's maximum winds had reached 75 miles per hour. The hurricane was about 360 miles southeast of Bermuda.

"It intensified a little faster than we had forecast," said meteorologist Eric Blake.

Erin had been moving through the Atlantic most of the week as a tropical storm and was briefly downgraded to a tropical wave.