Hurricane Igor could become Category 5 hurricane in Atlantic

Hurricane Igor was at Category 4 strength with winds near 150 mph, but the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Hurricane Igor could reach Category 5 strength today.

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    This Monday Sept. 13 satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Igor (l.) east of the Northern Leeward Islands and Tropical Storm Julia (r.) south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. Igor threatened to become a Category 5 storm Monday as it churned far out over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Powerful Hurricane Igor threatened to become a Category 5 storm Monday as it churned far out over the Atlantic Ocean.

Igor was at Category 4 strength with maximum sustained winds near 150 mph (240 kph). But the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Igor could reach Category 5 strength later in the day.

Igor was located about 940 miles (1,515 kilometers) east of the Northern Leeward Islands and was moving west near 13 mph (20 kph). A turn toward the west-northwest was expected Monday night or Tuesday, the hurricane center said.

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Also in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Julia was moving westward, away from the southern Cape Verde Islands. Julia was about 85 miles (130 kilometers) west-southwest of the southernmost islands and moving west-northwest near 14 mph (23 kph). The storm's maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 kph).

Officials issued a tropical storm warning for parts of the Cape Verde Islands including Maio, Sao Tiago, Fogo and Brava.

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