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Hurricane Juan Picks Up Steam in Atlantic

September 27, 2003

MIAMI (AP) _ Hurricane Juan picked up strength in the Atlantic on Saturday on a course expected to put it over Canada by late Sunday, forecasters said.

At 11 a.m. EDT, Juan had maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, up about 5 mph from Friday. The fifth hurricane of the Atlantic season was centered about 645 miles south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, moving north-northwest at near 7 mph.

Weak hurricane-force winds were forecast to slam into parts of Nova Scotia late Sunday, but Juan would likely lose strength quickly over the colder waters in the north Atlantic, said hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

``The winds are going to be more of an impact factor″ than the rain, said Chris Sisko, a meteorologist at the hurricane center.

Canadian officials have issued rain and wind warnings for Nova Scotia and hurricane-force wind warnings for the waters surrounding the province, he said.

Forecasters said the hurricane, the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, might gain some strength before reaching the north Atlantic, Stewart said.

Hurricane Gustav clipped Nova Scotia last year, but caused little damage.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression remained poorly organized out in the Atlantic, far from land. Its center was about 1,200 miles east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles in the northeastern Caribbean.

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

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