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    Joyce Now a Tropical Rainstorm; Not Dead Yet

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, senior meteorologist
    August 28, 2012, 6:32:19 AM EDT

    Joyce weakened to a tropical rainstorm 24 hours after gaining tropical storm status, but the nail has not been driven into the system's coffin just yet.

    The combination of dry air and strong wind shear (disruptive winds above the surface) forced Joyce to lose its tropical storm status late Friday morning EDT.

    Joyce is now a tropical rainstorm, churning over the open waters of the central Atlantic.

    As Joyce continues on a west-northwest heading through the Atlantic, the window may open for the system to regain tropical storm strength as the wind shear lessens and the dry air dissipates.

    Such strengthening could take place later in the weekend or on Monday as Joyce heads toward Bermuda.

    Even if Joyce never regains tropical storm status, this island nation could still face some locally drenching rain and gusty winds later Monday into Tuesday of next week.

    Around the same time, Isaac threatening communities across Florida and the Gulf Coast.

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