Hurricane Edouard Now a Major Storm With Minor Impact on U.S.

A NASA GOES satellite image shows Hurricane Edouard in the Atlantic Ocean. HANDOUT / AFP - Getty Images

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Hurricane Edouard has grown into the Atlantic Ocean's first major hurricane since Sandy hammered the East Coast two years ago, but the latest storm is unlikely to threaten the United States. Edouard, the fifth named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, reached Category 3 status Tuesday morning, the National Hurricane Center reported on Twitter.

The storm is expected to veer northeast then east through the rest of this week, according to The Weather Channel. A collision with cold front over the north Atlantic is expected to end Edouard's status as a tropical cyclone.

Hurricane Sandy was given a Category 3 designation in post-season analysis. The 2012 storm was responsible for 286 deaths in seven countries and did more than $68 billion in damage, making it second only to Katrina as the costliest hurricanes in U.S. history.


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