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Powerful Igor churning far out in the Atlantic

This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at 01:00 AM EDT shows Hurricane Igor located about 1005 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands. This category 4 hurricane produces maximum sustained winds of 150 mph as it moves westward at about 13 mph. Meanwhile, disorganized cloudiness and showers highlight a low pressure trough over the central Caribbean Sea. There is a 40 percent chance of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next couple of days as it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Cuba. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides especially in mountainous terrain. Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Julia is located about 60 miles south-southeast of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at 01:00 AM EDT shows Hurricane Igor located about 1005 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands. This category 4 hurricane produces maximum sustained winds of 150 mph as it moves westward at about 13 mph. Meanwhile, disorganized cloudiness and showers highlight a low pressure trough over the central Caribbean Sea. There is a 40 percent chance of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next couple of days as it moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Cuba. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides especially in mountainous terrain. Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Julia is located about 60 miles south-southeast of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)
September 13, 2010

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MIAMI—Powerful Hurricane Igor weakened ever so slightly but is roaring far out in the Atlantic and forecasters expect it to remain over open water at least through the end of the week.

Igor is a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds near 140 mph (220 kph) late Monday. The forecast track shows it staying well south of Bermuda for the next five days. It's too early to tell if it might threaten land beyond that.

Also in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Julia is moving west, away from the southern Cape Verde Islands. Julia's maximum sustained winds were near 50 mph (85 kph) and it could soon become a hurricane.

A tropical storm warning for parts of the Cape Verde Islands was discontinued.