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Fred Still Major Hurricane Despite Slight Weakening

15.9N 33.7W

September 10th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Storm Fred - September 9th, 2009

Tropical Storm Fred - September 9th, 2009

Enhanced image - September 9th, 2009

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Track of Fred - September 9th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of Fred

At 5:00 PM AST (2100 UTC) the center of Hurricane Fred was located about 595 miles (955 km) west of the southernmost Cape Verde islands. Fred is a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.

The system is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 km/hr). Here, the western part of the hurricane can be seen. A gradual turn toward the north-northwest and north with a decrease in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 115 mph (185 km/hr) with higher gusts. Additional weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km). Estimated minimum central pressure is 960 mb (28.35 inches).

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