Atlantic storm Florence: No change in strength expected

By The Associated Press

As of 5 p.m. Sunday, Tropical Storm Florence poses no threat to land as it continues to churn across the open Atlantic with no change in strength.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says the tropical storm is centered about 700 miles, or 1,125 kilometers, west-northwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. Its moving west-northwest at about 17 mph, or 28 kph.

At 5 p.m. EDT Sunday, Florence had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, or 85kph, with higher gusts.

Forecasters say little change in strength is expected in coming days and no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.