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Hurricane Rene bearing down on Samoa

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) - A strong storm with hurricane-force winds has begun hitting American Samoa, where residents are still recovering from last year's deadly tsunami.

Tropical Cyclone Rene hit the sparsely populated island of Manu'a with sustained winds of 75 mph Friday afternoon.

The storm is expected to arrive at the capital city of Pago Pago in the evening. As of 3:00 PM Friday, the storm was moving southwest at a rate of about 11 mph.

Rene may also threaten Samoa, Tokelau Islands, Tonga and Fiji.

Forecasters at the Nadi Tropical Cyclone Center in Fiji issued a gale watch warning for Samoa's main island of Upolu, home to 135,000, where the September tsunami killed 183 people.

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