HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 8 — Tropical Storm Igor is still close to the northwest African coast but Cuba’s weather experts are already tracking its progress as it begins moving west. The storm formed quickly and at noon Wednesday was 155 kilometers southeast of the Cape Verde Islands, reports The Cuban Meteorological Institute.
Several successive storms, Danielle, Earl, Fiona, Gaston (which dissipated quickly) have formed in recent weeks in the Atlantic and all took a course to the north-northwest of the Caribbean.
Igor currently packs 72 kph (45 mph) winds and is the ninth storm to be given a name during the current hurricane season which continues until the end of November.
None of the storms came close to Cuba while Earl skirted the US eastern seaboard and took land in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Cuban weather experts said that Igor should gain in organization and intensity in the coming 24 to 48 hours and also increase its speed as it moves west.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami shows Igor becoming a hurricane by Saturday.