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Tropical Storm Gert's bands approaching Bermuda
Outer bands of Tropical Storm Gert approaching Bermuda; center to pass just east of it
By The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) ' The outer bands of Tropical Storm Gert are approaching Bermuda with the storm's center expected to pass just east of the wealthy British archipelago.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Bermuda and people there have been installing storm shutters and hauling boats onto beaches in preparation.

Gert's maximum sustained winds early Monday are near 45 mph (75 kph) with some strengthening forecast during the next day or so.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says large swells generated by Gert are approaching Bermuda and are likely to cause life-threatening surfs and rip current conditions.

The storm is centered about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda and moving north-northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).

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