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Weakened Hurricane Paula threatens Cuba

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Paula has weakened to a Category 1 storm as it approaches western Cuba.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Paula has weakened to a Category 1 storm as it approaches western Cuba.

The centre said at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday that Paula had dropped a notch from a Category 2 storm as it took a track that was forecast to pass very near or over western Cuba later in the night or early Thursday.

Forecaster said the centre of the Caribbean hurricane is about 70 kilometres west of the western tip of Cuba and maximum sustained winds have dropped to 140 kilometres per hour.

They said a tropical storm warning has been issued by Cuban authorities for that country's capital, Havana, and surrounding areas.

Forecasters say Paula is moving to the north-northeast at about seven km/h and gradual weakening is expected over the coming day or two.

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