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Fred strengthens to Category 2 hurricane

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  • Fred strengthens to become Category 2 hurricane early Wednesday
  • In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Linda's winds increase to 65 mph
  • Neither storm is forecast to make landfall before breaking up
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MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Hurricane Fred quickly strengthened into a Category 2 storm early Wednesday, after initially reaching hurricane status six hours earlier, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Hurricane Fred is a Category 1 storm in the Atlantic, but it's not expected to make landfall.

Hurricane Fred is a Category 1 storm in the Atlantic, but it's not expected to make landfall.

"Some additional strengthening is forecast and Fred could become a major hurricane later today," forecasters said. "Weakening is expected to begin on Thursday."

Fred is the second hurricane of the Atlantic season, which runs through November 30.

At 5 a.m. ET, Fred was packing winds of 105 mph (165 km/hr) and was about 500 miles (805 km) west-southwest of the southernmost Cape Verde Islands. Track the storm's path »

Fred was moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/hr) and was expected to turn toward the northwest and then the north-northwest over the next few days as its forward speed decreases.

A National Hurricane Center forecast map shows Fred becoming a tropical depression on Sunday.

In the Pacific, Tropical Storm Linda churned through open waters.

At 2 a.m. PT (5 a.m. ET), Linda was located about 1,300 miles (2,095 km) west-southwest of the southern tip of Baja California and was more than 1,700 miles (2,800 km) east of Hawaii.

The storm had maximum sustained winds near 65 mph (100 km/hr) and was meandering to the north-northwest at about 2 mph (4 km/hr).

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"Some additional strengthening is possible tonight and Wednesday," the hurricane center said. Linda is forecast to weaken on Thursday.

Neither storm was expected to make landfall before dissipating.

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