Cuba-to-Fla. swimmer Nyad plows on after storm

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MARATHON, Fla. -- Swimmer Diana Nyad was back on track and doing well Monday after a night of storms and jellyfish stings roughed up her bid for a record swim from Cuba to Florida.

Nyad, who turns 63 Wednesday, is making her third attempt since last summer to become the first person to swim across the Straits of Florida without a shark cage.

She also made a failed try with a cage in 1978. Nyad's team tweeted Monday morning that she's "swimming strong" in calm seas at 50 strokes per minute.

She's covered almost 34 statute miles. She left Havana Saturday for the Florida Keys. She's accompanied by a team in boats.

They tweeted Sunday night that a storm blew Nyad off course temporarily and that "all hell broke loose" in the squall.

The Associated Press

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