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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Fred becomes a hurricane

Tropical Storm Fred has intensified to become Hurricane Fred in the Atlantic last night. Sustained winds of 75 MPH were recorded around midnight.

Fred becomes a hurricane; Tropical Storm Linda strengthens (CNN)
"Fred is now a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale," the center said. "Additional strengthening is forecast during the day or so, followed by slow weakening beginning on Thursday."

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At 11 p.m. ET, Fred was packing winds of 75 mph and was about 445 miles (715 km) west-southwest of the southernmost islands in the Cape Verde chain.

Fred was moving toward the west-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/hr) and was expected to turn toward the northwest over the next few days.

A National Hurricane Center forecast map shows Fred becoming a tropical depression on Sunday.

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