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Igor Could Become Category 5 Hurricane on Monday – September 13th, 2010

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September 13th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Hurricane Igor (11L) - September 12th, 2010

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Track of TS 11L - September 12th, 2010 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 11L

At 11:00 PM AST (03:00 UTC) the eye of Hurricane Igor (11L) was located near latitude 17.6 North, longitude 47.8 West. Igor is moving toward the west near 13 mph (20 km/hr). A turn toward the west-northwest with some decrease in forward speed is expected to begin late Monday and Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150 mph (240
km/hr) with higher gusts. Igor is a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Some fluctuation in intensity is likely during the next 48 hours, and Igor could become a category five hurricane on Monday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 160 miles (260 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is 935 mb (27.61 inches).

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