Omar Gaining Strength

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) -- Hurricane Omar is getting stronger as it moves northeast, a day after drenching islands in the southeastern Caribbean. Maximum sustained winds are near 80 miles per hour.

The National Hurricane Center expects Omar to continue gaining power over the next 24 hours. It could be a Category 2 storm by the time it reaches the northern Leeward Islands late today.

Hurricane warnings are up for the U.S. Virgin islands, Puerto Rico's Vieques and Culebra islands and other islands in the region.

A tropical depression is hugging the coast of Honduras and a tropical storm warning is in effect.

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