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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Swirling out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Leslie is beginning to move northward while maintaining its strength.

At 11 p.m. the center of the system was about 475 miles east-southeast of Bermuda.

Leslie is moving toward the north near 8 mph, and this general motion should continue through Friday night.

A sharp turn to the east is expected this weekend.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 80 mph with higher gusts.

Small fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

SURF:  Large swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect portions of the southeastern coast of the United States, Bermuda, and the Bahamas during the next few days.

Swells are expected to increase near the coasts of New England and Atlantic Canada by the end of the week.

Please consult products from your local weather office as these conditions could cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.

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