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Tropical Storm Noel becomes hurricane

Noel strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Thursday as it moved away from the Bahamas towards Bermuda, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Category 1 is the lowest level on the Saffir/Simpson scale of determining strength of a hurricane, according to Reuters.

Forecasters have said that Noel’s wind speed has increased to about 75 MPH, according to CNN.

The storm is not expected to hit the U.S. coast, but forecasters have told residents from North Carolina to Nova Scotia to keep an eye on the activity of Noel, according to CNN.

According to Reuters, rains from Noel have already killed 108 people in the Caribbean area. CNN reports that more than 37,000 people have forced to leave their homes so far as a result the storm.