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HURRICANE CENTRAL

11 am advisory

Update

Tropical Storm Laura has shifted and is currently not a direct threat to us in Southwest Florida as of the 11 a.m. advisory.

The storm is located about 210 miles east-southeast of the Norther Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and moving west at 18 miles per hour, according to the NHC.

See the latest from NBC2.

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Tropical Depression 13 strengthened into Tropical Storm Laura Friday morning in the Atlantic and Florida is in the forecast cone, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of around 45 miles per hour as of the 9:05 a.m. updated advisory. Tropical Storm Laura is about 230 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and is moving west at 21 miles per hour.

The system is expected to be near Puerto Rico on Saturday and current models show it near Florida early next week.

Laura is expected to reach hurricane strength by the time it nears Florida.

Katherine Viloria is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Content Manager. She loves to write, snap photos, and watch Grey's Anatomy. Connect with her on Instagram @alittlethisalittlekat