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Tropical storm Isaac could affect Atlantic provinces

Tropical Storm Isaac formed in the central Atlantic on Thursday and its outer reaches could be lashing Canada's East Coast within days — although it's not expected to become a hurricane or directly threaten land.

Tropical Storm Isaac formed in the central Atlantic on Thursday and its outer reaches could be lashing Canada's East Coast within days — although it's not expected to become a hurricane or directly threaten land.

The ninth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season had top sustained winds near75 kilometres per hourby11 p.m. ET, said the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Its centre was locatedjust under1,000 kilometres east-southeast of Bermuda and wasmoving slowly toward the northwest, forecasters at the Miami-based centre said.

The storm was expected to move north and then northeast in the open Atlantic, with an area of low-pressure blocking it from nearing the United States.

Isaac should stay to the east of Bermuda and Canada's Atlantic provinces, said hurricane specialist Eric Blake.

That will likely come as welcome news to Maritimers who — almost exactly three years ago — suffered through the devastation of Hurricane Juan. On Sept. 29, 2003, in Nova Scotia alone, Juan killedtwo people, smashed buildings and left about 300,000 homes and businesses without power.

Blake said someareas of Eastern Canada could feel the outer reaches of Isaac by sometime Monday or Tuesday. It was expected to strengthen slightly before then, he said.

Isaac formed from a depression that developed Wednesday.

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. September is traditionally one of the busiest months of the season.

With files from the Associated Press