Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic, spreading wind, heavy rain across the Cape Verde Islands



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MIAMI — Fred has strengthened to a hurricane, spreading wind and heavy rain across the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred's maximum sustained winds Monday morning are near 85 mph (137 kph). Gradual weakening is forecast to begin Tuesday.

Hurricane Fred is centered about 55 miles (89 kilometers) west of Rabil in the Cape Verde Islands and is moving northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).

A hurricane warning is in effect for the islands.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Jimena is moving quickly over open water. The Category 4 storm has maximum sustained winds near 150 mph (240 kph).

Jimena is centered about 1,330 miles (2140 kilometers) east of Hilo, Hawaii, and is moving west near 16 mph (26 kph). The hurricane doesn't currently pose a threat to land.

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