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Atlantic Crawling with Tropical Storms

Sept. 2, 2008 — Three tropical storms are prowling the Atlantic with the addition of Tropical Storm Josephine about 125 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported late Tuesday.
Tropical Storm Hanna is drifting east between the island of Hispaniola and the Bahamas, while Tropical Storm Ike is still about 1,000 miles east of the Leeward Islands and continuing to strengthen.
Ike should reach hurricane intensity by Wednesday morning, Hurricane specialist Robbie Berg of the NHC said in a statement. But the computer models used to predict the path of tropical storms have been unusually similar in keeping Ike 300 miles or so north of the Virgin Islands when it's expected to pass the region sometime Friday, Berg said.
At 5 p.m. AST, Ike was moving westward at nearly 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds were at 65 mph with higher gusts.
Early forecasts of Josephine's path have it heading west-northwest, but the storm is still at least a week away, and it isn't yet known if it will pose a threat to the territory.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs through Nov. 30.
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