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For the first time since 1892, a hurricane is smashing Cape Verde islands in the Atlantic. Hurricane Fred is tracking through the islands at 12 mph through the islands in the far eastern North Atlantic. 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.
When Fred became a hurricane at 2 am EDT Monday it was the easternmost ‘ ormation’ location for any hurricane in the historical record; the previous record was held by Hurricane Three of 1900, which became a hurricane at 23°W, south of the Cape Verde islands. The easternmost hurricane ever observed was Hurricane Faith of 1966, which maintained hurricane status to a position north of the British Isles.