Storm Igor Lingers Near Atlantic's Cape Verde Islands, Strengthening Ahead

Tropical Storm Igor, which stalled today over the eastern Atlantic off the Cape Verde Islands, will begin heading toward the Caribbean later in the day before strengthening tomorrow, meteorologists said.

Igor, with sustained winds of 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour, was about 50 miles south-southeast of the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa “drifting northward” at 2 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a website advisory just before 8 a.m. Miami time.

“Tropical storm conditions are possible in the southern Cape Verde Islands today,” the center said. “Little change in intensity is expected today but some strengthening is forecast to begin on Friday.”

Igor is the ninth named storm of the June-through-November Atlantic hurricane season. The system is forecast to become a hurricane, with sustained winds of at least 74 miles per hour, on Sept. 12 while on a track toward the Caribbean. It’s not predicted to threaten land over the next five days, according to the hurricane center’s forecast map.

A tropical storm watch for the Cape Verde Islands is likely to be discontinued later in the day, the center said.

The center also said a patch of showers and thunderstorms near the Caribbean’s Windward Islands now has a 40 percent chance of strengthening into a depression or tropical storm over the next two days.

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