September 27, 2008 / 8:51 PM / 11 years ago

Tropical Storm Kyle strengthens into hurricane off U.S.

Tropical Storm Kyle is seen in open water of the Atlantic Ocean southeast of South Carolina in this satellite image taken on September 26, 2008. REUTERS/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Handout

MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Kyle strengthened into a hurricane on Saturday in the Atlantic Ocean off the northeast U.S. coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Kyle, which formed as a tropical storm on Thursday, had sustained winds near 75 mph as it moved on a path that would take its center near eastern New England or Canada’s Maritime provinces late on Sunday.

Kyle was a minimal Category 1 hurricane on the five-step hurricane intensity scale.

Editing by Patricia Zengerle

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