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Tropical Storm Jeanne strengthens

Tropical Storm Jeanne strengthens as it aims at Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Tropical Storm Jeanne strengthened Tuesday as islanders in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico franticly bolted the doors of their colonial homes, prepared to evacuate from lowlying areas and rushed to supermarkets to buy supplies.

The storm's eye was expected to hit Puerto Rico's southwest coast by Wednesday afternoon, prompting a hurricane warning in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico where lines formed at supermarkets and islanders raced to put up hurricane shutters.

"It's going to be a close call for Puerto Rico," said Chris Hennon, a meteorologist with the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami. "Jeanne will probably become a hurricane Wednesday."

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