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Michael continues to weaken, now down to category 1


Michael is expected to continue its weakening trend.
Michael is expected to continue its weakening trend.

Staff writers

September 9, 2012 — The once-mighty Hurricane Michael has continued to weaken, dropping to category 1 status.

When it reached category 3 hurricane status on late last week, Michael was the first major hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season. 

But it did not have any major effect on land and since then, it has weakened considerably, falling to category 1 status by Sunday.

At one point, the storm was expected to interact with tropical storm Leslie as both approached Newfoundland, but now forecasters say Leslie is more likely to push Michael out, and the two are not expected to merge.

Michael currently boasts winds of 150 km/h. 

Forecasters are keeping a watchful eye on Leslie. Although weaker than Michael's peak strength, that storm covers a larger area and is expected to reach Newfoundland by Tuesday, likely as a category 1 hurricane. Swells from the storm have been felt on the U.S. east coast and some outer Caribbean islands, and the storm has had some impact on Bermuda.


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