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Tropical Storms By East Coast, Hurricane By West Coast

July 21, 2008 By: Kirk Cassels

Two tropical storms are showering the East Coast of the United States while a Category 2 hurricane lingers far off the West Coast. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued local weather warnings for all three storms.

After forming off the coast of North Carolina, Tropical Storm Cristobal continues to make its way northeast toward Nova Scotia in Canada, projected to make landfall early Wednesday morning as warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean keep it alive. Its maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph and it is not projected to strengthen or weaken during Monday.

Also by the eastern seaboard of the U.S., Tropical Storm Dolly soaked the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico this morning and continues to roll toward the Gulf of Mexico, where it may strengthen into a hurricane. Maximum sustained winds thus far have been near 50 mph.

The governor of Quintana Roo state, where Cancun and most of Mexico's Caribbean coast are located, ordered the evacuation of the islands Banco Chinchorro and Punta Allen as a precautionary measure, the Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Fausto, with sustained winds of 100 mph, grew to Category 2 strength in the Pacific Ocean. It is currently about 405 miles west-southwest of Baja California.

Although no longer a serious threat, Tropical Storm Bertha is poised to become the longest-living Atlantic storm in history after forming last month and currently moving northeast of Newfoundland, Canada.

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