Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic

MIAMI (AP) – Fred has strengthened to a hurricane as it approaches the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred’s maximum sustained winds early Monday have increased to near 75 mph (120 kph) with some additional strengthening possible.

Hurricane Fred is centered about 60 miles (110 km) south-southeast of Rabil in the Cape Verde Islands and is moving northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).

Fred is forecast to move Monday afternoon and night across the Cape Verde Islands, where a hurricane warning is in effect.

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