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Tropical Storm Jose brushing past Bermuda, kicking up gusty winds and scattered showers
HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) ' Tropical Storm Jose spun over the open Atlantic just to the west of Bermuda on Sunday, buffeting the wealthy British territory with gusty winds and intermittent showers.
The 10th named storm of the season was passing about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northwest of Bermuda and packing winds of nearly 45 mph (75 kph), causing some storm surge in western parts of the isolated island chain. There were no immediate reports of any damage or injuries.
"The tropical storm-force winds are limited to our western marine area. They aren't actually reaching the island," meteorologist Ken Smith of the Bermuda Weather Service said.
Intermittent showers mixed with sunshine in Bermuda, which lies about 580 miles (933 kilometers) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, already battered by Hurricane Irene. Many islanders headed to church in their Sunday best.
A street market popular with tourists was canceled on St. George's, but most Sunday events went on normally.
Jose, which formed early Sunday, could bring as much as 3 inches (8 centimeters) of rain to Bermuda, but there were no sustained downpours reported in the territory.
Jose was moving north at about 17 mph (28 kph), said the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
U.S. meteorologist Jeff Masters, who writes a popular weather blog, said Tropical Storm Jose will not survive long due to strong upper-level wind shear from Irene, which was swirling northward over New England toward Canada on Sunday after weakening to a tropical storm from a once-powerful hurricane.
Smith said Jose was expected to weaken into a tropical depression Monday and later dissipate.
Earlier this month, Tropical Storm Gert skirted past Bermuda, kicking up choppy seas along the island chain's coast but passing well east of the tiny British archipelago. It caused no serious damage.