Hurricane Ike is worse threat than previous hurricanes, warns National Hurricane Centre

September 4th, 2008 - 5:12 pm ICT by David M N James  

A new hurricane has already formed as tropical storm Hannah lumbers across the main land towards Bahamas.

Tropical storm Ike has formed and is already gaining immense strength as it lumbers across the Atlantic as a powerful Category 4 storm. Tropical storm Ike is churning westward in the open ocean after rapidly gaining strength and speed late Wednesday evening into a ferocious Category 4 hurricane with winds near 135 mph (215 kph).

According to officials at the National Hurricane Center, is an “extremely dangerous” category four storm in the Atlantic Ocean. Early today, its winds have a gained a speed of 215 kilometers making it an extremely dangerous category four hurricane” on the five-level Saffir-Simpson scale. The powerful storm Ike is now the fifth hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. Its trajectory is over the Atlantic far away from any land with its epicenter by 0300 GMT today being located about 980 kilometers or 610 miles northeast of the Leeward Islands. Hurricane Ike by then was moving west-northwest at 28 kilometers (17 miles) per hour. Tropical storm Ike is expected to move west over the west-central Atlantic over the next two days.

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