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Katia weakens to tropical storm, to strengthen

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MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane Katia has weakened to a tropical storm as it moves across the Atlantic but forecasters say they expect it to strengthen again.

Katia was about 930 miles (1497 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and moving west near 18 mph (30 kph) with maximum sustained winds late Thursday afternoon near 70 mph (113 kph), a 5 mph decrease. It could become a major hurricane this weekend.

The hurricane center said it's too early to tell if Katia will hit the U.S. It is expected to pass north of the Caribbean.