MIAMI, FLA. -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami are tracking Hurricane Gordon as it approaches the eastern Azores in the open Atlantic Ocean.
Meteorologists say Gordon, which is of no threat to U.S. interests, is now an impressive category two strenghth storm.
The center of circulation is less than 40 miles west-southwest of Santa Maria Island in the Azores. The storm is moving to the east at 20 mph.
Hurricane Gordon is packing maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. with stronger gusts.
The storm is forecast to continue its present movement for the next 24-48 hours.
A Hurricane Warning remains in effect for the central and eastern Azores.
Forecasters are also watching another system of tropical weather that could develop into a tropical storm.
The system is currently about 1,400 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. The system has been given an 80-percent chance of further development.