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Hurricane Julia forms in far east Atlantic, Igor weakens slightly

Julia strengthened early Tuesday into a Category 1 hurricane, the fifth of the season.

Swirling in the far east Atlantic Ocean, Julia is moving west-northwest near 12 mph and is expected to begin a northwesterly track. It is unlikely to affect the U.S. mainland.

The Category 1 hurricane has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is expected to strengthen over the next day.

Igor, still a Category 4 hurricane, weakened slightly overnight as it tracked west-northwest across the central Atlantic near 8 mph.

Igor is also not expected to affect the U.S. mainland. Most computer models forecast the storm to begin turning west-northwest over the next several days. It could potential pose problems for Bermuda.

Maximum sustained winds are around 135 mph, just 5 mph above the Category 4 level.

The storm had maximum sustained winds on Monday near 150 mph.

Forecasters also are watching an area of low pressure in the central Caribbean Sea.

So far, the system is producing only clouds and showers, although forecasters for the National Hurricane Center say it is moving into an environment favorable for development. They give it a 40 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm in the next 48 hours.

Computer models show the system moving west-northwest for the next several days.

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Hurricane Julia forms in far east Atlantic, Igor weakens slightly 09/14/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 9:13am]
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