Andrea Stockton, staff writer
September 12, 2010 — Igor has strenthened to a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic. The storm is still far from land, but the wind speeds have increased.
Igor has officially become a Category 4 hurricane. It's whipping up maximum winds of 215 km/h.
Igor is the fourth named hurricane of the Atlantic season and it's churning toward the west at 22 km/h. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected on Tuesday.
Igor formed on the heels of Hermine in the Atlantic Wednesday, becoming the ninth named storm of the 2010 hurricane season. The storm formed off the coast of Africa near the Cape Verde Islands, where a tropical storm watch was issued. Islands such as Maio, Sao Tiago, Fogo and Brava were all included in the watch.
Meanwhile, Hermine was downgraded to a tropical depression and left flood waters in Texas. Hermine also drenched parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.
Mark Robinson, a meteorologist at The Weather Network says storms named Julia and Karl will be next. As well, forecasters have predicted this hurricane season will be just as active as 2005, when Hurricanes Katrina and Rita tore apart the Gulf Coast.
For more information, check out our Tropical Storm Centre.
With files from The Associated Press, Jill Colton and Lisa Varano