Igor will remain a very strong and dangerous hurricane through the week and beyond in the Atlantic due to favorable weather conditions.
Currently, Igor is a Category 4 hurricane. While the strength could wobble a bit over the next couple of days, but it is likely that Igor has passed his peak intensity.
Hurricanes go through cycles, strengthening and weakening.
Igor strengthened into the day Monday but weakened a bit during the late day and overnight hours.
Igor is forecast by the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center to begin a curve to the northwest over the next 24 to 48 hours, steering the system to the northeast of the Antilles.
However, building surf will affect the water around the Leeward Islands over the next several days.
Of great concern is how close the system will track to Bermuda over the weekend. The large size of the storm could cause considerable problems for the islands, even if a direct hit does not occur.
Late season bathers along the East Coast of the U.S. should be alert for building surf and increasing rip currents late in the week and this weekend, even if Igor turns to the north offshore as expected.
However, there is still a chance Igor could slide more westward, missing one or more northward turn-offs, possibly bringing it too close to the Atlantic Seaboard of the U.S. for comfort and more serious problems.
For now, people in Bermuda and Newfoundland, Canada, are at the highest risk for direct impact from Hurricane Igor.
All interests along the Atlantic Seaboard should keep an eye on Igor.
Additionally, there are also other systems of concern in the basin, such as Julia farther east and the possibility of Karl forming in the disturbed weather currently in the Caribbean.
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