Hurricane Noel, which became the year's deadliest storm in the Atlantic after killing more than 100 people, is moving away from the Bahamas and may hit Cape Cod this weekend.
Noel was upgraded to a hurricane from a tropical storm late yesterday as its sustained wind speeds reached 80 miles ( 130 kilometers) an hour, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 11 p.m. Miami time yesterday. The system is heading north-northeast at 20 miles per hour.
``As the storm moves along the East Coast, winds gusting from 30 to 60 mph and pounding surf will spread from the Outer Banks to Down East Maine,'' AccuWeather Inc. said on its Web site. Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Nova Scotia will probably face the brunt of the storm this weekend, it said.
Noel hit the Bahamas, Cuba and the Dominican Republic earlier this week, and the Associated Press put the death toll in the region at 108. Hurricane Felix, a Category 5 storm, the highest rating, killed 101 people in September, AP said.