New hurricane threatens Caribbean islands

Two hurricanes were swirling in the Atlantic Ocean today, one weakening in the shipping lanes near Canada and the other strengthening near Caribbean islands.

Two hurricanes were swirling in the Atlantic Ocean today, one weakening in the shipping lanes near Canada and the other strengthening near Caribbean islands.

Neither was an immediate threat to land.

Hurricane Isabel was projected to stay over open waters for at least five days, said Richard Pasch, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami.

He said it was too early to tell whether it would affect the United States or Caribbean.

At dawn, Isabel had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and was about 1,350 miles east of a chain of Caribbean islands that includes Antigua, Saint Lucia and Barbados.

Hurricane Fabian was about 440 miles east of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Fabian was the most powerful storm to hit Bermuda in 50 years. The body of a 37-year-old policeman was found on the island yesterday. Two other officers and a civilian were still missing.

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