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UPDATE: Hurricane Julia forms in the Atlantic Ocean

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MIAMI (WKOW) -- Hurricane Julia has formed far out over the Atlantic.

Julia is now the fifth hurricane of the season and has sustained winds near 75 mph.

Additional strengthening is expected throughout Tuesday and Wednesday.  

The hurricane is located about 330 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands and is moving west-northwest at about 12 mph.


Also in the Atlantic, Hurricane Igor is moving on a track that could take the Category 4 storm toward Bermuda.

Swells from Igor will begin affecting the Leeward Islands on Tuesday and could reach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands by Tuesday night.

MIAMI (WKOW) -- Forecasters say Tropical Storm Julia is nearing the southern Cape Verde Islands.

Early Monday, Julia has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is about 30 miles south-southwest of the southern islands.  

Tropical storm warning have been issued for parts of the Cape Verde Islands, including Maio, Sao Tiago, Fogo and Brava.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Igor is moving west with maximum sustained winds near 150 mph in the Atlantic.  The National Hurricane Center expects Igor to become a Category 5 hurricane later Monday.

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