MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane Fred has quickly strengthened to a
Category 2 storm in the Atlantic and forecasters say it could
become a major hurricane later in the day.
Fred's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph (165 kph) early Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred could become a Category 3 storm later Wednesday but is expected to start weakening Thursday.
Fred is centered about 500 miles (805 kilometers) west-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands and moving west-northwest near 13 mph (20 kph).
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Linda is drifting slowly far out over the Pacific with maximum sustained winds near 65 mph (100 kph).
(Oscar Note: Hurricane Fred will encounter adverse winds and cooler waters later this week and should weaken and remain out in the open Atlantic).