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Hurricane Danielle Strengthening in Atlantic

Hurricane Danielle is picking up strength over the Atlantic Ocean, and weather forecasters say it could soon become a major storm.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Danielle is now a Category Two hurricane on the five-point scale of hurricane strength, with sustained winds of nearly 165 kilometers per hour.

At last report, Danielle was about 1,000 kilometers northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and moving toward Bermuda.

Farther east over the Atlantic, the winds of Tropical Storm Earl are at nearly 75 kilometers per hour. The National Hurricane Center says the storm is expected to get stronger and could become a hurricane by Saturday.

Meanwhile, in the Pacific, Hurricane Frank is expected to start weakening Friday. Frank earlier soaked Mexico's southern coast, where heavy rains killed four people.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP.