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Hurricane Fred Forms in the Atlantic Ocean Today

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        Hurricane Fred projected path

MIAMI – Tropical Storm Fred strengthened to a hurricane as it approaches the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean today.

But it is starting so far north at 16.1 latitude that it is not projected to impact the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Fred’s maximum sustained winds this morning are near 80 mph (130 kph). Gradual weakening is forecast to begin tomorrow.

Hurricane Fred is centered about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Rabil in the Cape Verde Islands and is moving northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).

The center of Fred is forecast to move over or near the northwestern Cape Verde Islands later in the day. A hurricane warning is in effect for the islands.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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