Fierce Hurricane Ike Approaches Turks And Caicos, Threatens Florida

MIAMI (AP) — The National Hurricane Center in Miami says an “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Ike is roaring toward the Turks and Caicos islands as a fierce Category 4 storm.

The center said at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday that the core of the fierce hurricane would soon approach the low-lying British island territory. It added that Ike is packing powerful winds of 135 mph and has gusts even higher.

Forecasters in Miami say the eye of the big storm is located about 60 miles east of Grand Turk Island. Forecasters say the outer edge of the hurricane is expeced to begin affecting parts of the Bahamas overnight as the storm approaches Cuba and southern Florida sometime Sunday night or early Monday.