Fred is easternmost hurricane to form in tropics of Atlantic, 1st to cross Cape Verde Islands



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MIAMI — Weather forecasters say Hurricane Fred is the easternmost hurricane known to have formed in the Atlantic tropics, and the first to actually pass over the Cape Verde Islands as a hurricane.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred's maximum sustained winds Monday are near 75 mph (121 kph).

Hurricane Fred is centered near the northwestern Cape Verde Islands.

A hurricane warning is in effect for the islands. Heavy rain and strong winds were spreading over the northwestern islands. Gradual weakening is forecast over the next couple of days.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, Hurricane Jimena is centered about 1,230 miles (1979 kilometers) east of Hilo, Hawaii. The Category 4 storm has maximum sustained winds near 145 mph (233 kph). The hurricane doesn't currently pose a threat to land.

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