Rare hurricane hits Cape Verde Islands

A rare hurricane moved through the Cape Verde islands in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday and will continue to affect the nation through early Tuesday morning.

The storm, which is predicted to weaken later this week, is not expected to affect the Caribbean or North America.

Fred is expected to produce 4 to 6 inches of rain, which could produce life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters say a storm surge will produce large and dangerous waves near the coast.

The storm is producing maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour, and it is moving northwest at 12 mph.

The BBC reported that the government of the Republic of Cabo Verde has grounded all flights until further notice.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Fred is the first hurricane on record to pass through the Cape Verde Islands since 1892.

According to meteorologists writing for the blog Weather Underground, Fred could turn out to be Cape Verde’s “most expensive natural disaster in history.”

Cape Verde, with just over a half-million people, spans 10 volcanic islands 350 miles off the coast of West Africa.