Hurricane Fred Strengthens
Initially, Hurricane Fred was not expected to intensify beyond tropical storm strength. Now that storm is a category 2 storm and continues to grow. Fred may reach Cat 3 status before slowly dying as he moves to the north.
At 5 a.m. ET, Fred was packing winds of 105 mph (165 km/hr) and was about 500 miles (805 km) west-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands.
Fred was moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/hr) and was expected to turn toward the northwest and then the north-northwest over the next few days as its forward speed decreases