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This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Leslie south of Bermuda. Numerous showers and thunderstorms are seen across northern Brazil, Panama and Costa Rica associated with a monsoonal trough across this region. Farther north, an area of low pressure has drifted southward off the Alabama coast into the northern Gulf of Mexico. This system has a medium chance of tropical developement. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Leslie south of Bermuda. Numerous showers and thunderstorms are seen across northern Brazil, Panama and Costa Rica associated with a monsoonal trough across this region. Farther north, an area of low pressure has drifted southward off the Alabama coast into the northern Gulf of Mexico. This system has a medium chance of tropical developement. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
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(AP) Tourists are postponing holidays in Bermuda and locals are stocking up on emergency supplies as Hurricane Leslie approaches the wealthy British Atlantic territory.


Hotel cancellations were reported across the territory, which is popular with tourists for its pink sand beaches and with businesspeople as an offshore financial haven.


Beaches were closed Thursday as the approaching storm whipped up surf. Residents stocked up on batteries, food and water.


Leslie's center is forecast to pass to the east of Bermuda early Sunday as a Category 2 hurricane. On Thursday, it was drifting over open ocean south-southeast of Bermuda.


Associated Press
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