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Rare Hurricane Pounds Cape Verde Islands

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For the first time since 1892, a full-fledged hurricane is pounding the Cape Verde islands, as Hurricane Fred heads northwest at 12 mph through the islands in the far eastern North Atlantic. The eye of Fred passed just southwest of Boa Vista Island in the Republic of Cabo Verde (formerly called the Cape Verde Islands) near 8 am EDT Monday, with the northeastern eyewall likely hitting the island. The center of Fred is expected to pass over or very close to the northwestern Cape Verde islands of Sao Nicolou, Santa Luzuia, Sao Vicente, and Sao Antao by Monday night. All three reporting stations in the islands went off-line early Monday morning, so we have no observations to report. Despite their name (which translates to “green cape†in English), the Cape Verde islands have a semi-desert climate, with an average annual rainfall of only around 10 inches. The torrential rains of 4 - 6" predicted from Fred, with isolated totals of up to 10â€, are likely to cause unprecedented flood damage on the islands. Fred may well turn out to be the Republic of Cabo Verde's most expensive natural disaster in history.

 

http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=3097

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