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Richard moving erratically in the Caribbean

MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Richard has been moving erratically in the Caribbean but is expected to begin moving slowly west.

Richard's maximum sustained winds Friday are near 40 mph (65 kph). But additional strengthening is forecast for the 17th named storm of the Atlantic season and it could become a hurricane over the weekend.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the tropical storm could dump rain on Honduras on Friday and cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. A tropical storm watch has been issued for Honduras from the border with Nicaragua west to Limon.

Richard is located about 235 miles (380 kilometers) south of Grand Cayman.

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