Bermuda prepares as Florence strengthens (AP)

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<p><a href="*"><img src="" align="left" height="86" width="130" alt="This NOAA satellite image taken Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006 at 02:15 PM EDT shows clouds north of Puerto Rico that are associated with Tropical Storm Florence. The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane later Saturday while turning north, and then northeastward. Bermuda is the only landmass that is expected to be impacted. Elsewhere, a mass of clouds in the Plains is associated with the tail end of a front that stretches through the Great Lakes and Northeast. Moderate rain is currently falling in the Central Plains while more scattered showers and thunderstorms have developed in New England. Some showers and thunderstorms are also noted along the Gulf Coast. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)" border="0" /></a>AP - Residents of Bermuda installed storm shutters and hauled their yachts onto beaches in preparation for Tropical Storm Florence, which intensified Saturday and was expected to become a hurricane as it approaches the North Atlantic island.</p><br clear="all"/>