Hurricane Fred forms in the Atlantic, should begin weakening on Tuesday _lowres

Fred has strengthened to a hurricane, spreading wind and heavy rain across the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. (Photo from National Hurricane Center)

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MIAMI (AP) — Fred has strengthened to a hurricane, spreading wind and heavy rain across the Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic Ocean.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Fred's maximum sustained winds Monday morning are near 85 mph (137 kph). Gradual weakening is forecast to begin Tuesday.

Hurricane Fred is centered about 55 miles (89 kilometers) west of Rabil in the Cape Verde Islands and is moving northwest near 12 mph (19 kph).

A hurricane warning is in effect for the islands.