Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hurricane Igor picks up strength in Atlantic Ocean

Reuters: Hurricane Igor gathered strength as it churned westward in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday and appeared poised to gain even more intensity in the coming days but posed no imminent threat to land or energy interests. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Igor, the fourth hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic season, had maximum sustained winds of about 80 miles per hour, making it a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

Igor reached hurricane status late on Saturday. At 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT), the hurricane was located about 1,230 miles east of the Leeward Islands, and was moving westward at 18 miles per hour, the hurricane center said. "Additional strengthening is forecast and Igor could reach major hurricane strength by Monday night," the Miami-based center added….

September 10, 2010, when Igor was a tropical storm

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