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Tropical Storm Igor expected to be hurricane in three days

Tropical Storm Igor is back.

The system regained strength and forward speed on Friday morning after lapsing into a tropical depression and stagnating on Thursday.

At 11 a.m., Igor was in the Eastern Atlantic about 465 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, moving west at 16 mph with sustained winds of 40 mph.

Under the latest forecast, Igor is expected to move generally west for the next three days, growing into a hurricane along the way.

By next Wednesday, it is predicted to be in the Central Atlantic, about 450 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, as a strong Category 2 system with sustained winds of about 110 mph.

Models continue to indicate Igor will turn north before reaching the U.S. coastline. However, at this stage, that prediction is not assured.

The National Hurricane Center also is monitoring a disturbance near the Windward Islands, giving it a 40 percent chance of developing over the next two days. Models point that system into the Caribbean, posing a possible threat to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba. Beyond that, it could aim toward Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico — or Florida.

The next named storm will be Julia.


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