Ike becomes 5th hurricane of Atlantic season

MIAMI (AP) -- Forecasters say Ike has become the fifth hurricane in the Atlantic this season.

Ike has sustained winds near 80 mph and is about 670 miles east-northeast of the Leeward Islands. It is moving west-northwest near 18 mph.

It is too early to say whether Ike might threaten land. It is currently a Category One hurricane.

Ike is behind Tropical Storm Hanna, which is battering Haiti, where it has killed 26 people. Forecasters say it could turn back into a hurricane before hitting the southern coast of the U.S. this weekend.

Forecasters say Josephine, the tropical storm behind Ike, is weakening.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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