MIAMI (AP) - Forecasters say Hurricane Ike has strengthened to a dangerous Category 4 storm in the Atlantic with maximum sustained
winds near 135 mph.
Earlier Wednesday, Ike became a Category 3 storm and the third major hurricane of the Atlantic season.
Ike's center was located about 620 miles northwest of the Leeward Islands and was moving west-northwest at about 17 mph.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say the storm is expected to continue on its current track Thursday before turning more to the west. It's too soon to tell which land areas could be threatened.
The storm is following behind Tropical Storm Hanna, which could threaten the southeastern coast of the U.S. by the weekend. Tropical Storm Josephine is following behind Ike.
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.