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Storm Igor Lingers Near Atlantic’s Cape Verde Islands

Tropical Storm Igor, in the eastern Atlantic off the Cape Verde Islands, will probably strengthen steadily as it moves into warm waters and become a hurricane before next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Igor, with sustained winds of 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour, was about 65 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde islands and was moving northwest at 10 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a website advisory at about 1:30 p.m. East Coast time.

Tropical storm watches for Cape Verde’s southern islands will probably be lifted later today.

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, in about three days and take a turn to the north when it hits a trough over the central Atlantic, the agency said.

The center also said a patch of showers and thunderstorms near the Caribbean’s Windward Islands has a 40 percent chance of strengthening into a depression or tropical storm over the next two days. The remains of Tropical Storm Gaston are no longer being tracked.

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