UPDATE: Fred now a hurricane aimed at Cape Verde Islands

UPDATE: Fred now a hurricane aimed at Cape Verde Islands

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Fred has now reached hurricane status after forming Sunday off the west coast of Africa. A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Cape Verde Islands where tropical-storm-force to hurricane-force winds, storm surge, and heavy rains are expected as Fred passes through over the next 24 to 48 hours.

The official NHC forecast keeps Fred as a category 1 hurricane on Monday before bringing it back down to a tropical storm by the middle of the week as the system continues moving to the west.

"Once Fred passes the Cape Verde Islands, the storm would be over a week away from impacting any other land areas," said WLOX Meteorologist Wesley Williams. "It will move westward, out to sea, for the next five or more days. It's still far too early to consider Fred a threat to the Gulf. But we will continue to track it this week."

Hurricane season in the Atlantic peaks between August and September. Hurricane season ends on November 30th.

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