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Thursday, September 1

Katia weakens to tropical storm; likely to spare Caribbean

South Florida "
Hurricane Katia weakened to tropical storm strength Thursday afternoon and still appears on a path that likely will spare the islands of the eastern Caribbean, including Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

At 5 p.m. on Thursday, Tropical Storm Katia was about 930 miles east of the Leeward Islands, moving west at 18 mph with sustained winds of 70 mph."