UPDATE 2-Hurricane Igor moves westwards over open Atlantic

* Fourth hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season

* Poses no immediate menace to land or energy interests
(Recasts with Igor growing to hurricane, details)

MIAMI, Sept 11 (BestGrowthStock) – Tropical Storm Igor strengthened
into a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday and was
expected to gain power as it spun westward, but it posed no
immediate threat to land or energy interests.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Igor, the fourth
hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic season, had top sustained winds
of 75 miles per hour (120 kph), a Category 1 hurricane on the
five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

At 11 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT), it was located about 1,275 miles
(2,050 km) east of the Leeward Islands, and was moving westward
at 17 miles per hour (28 kph), the center said.

“Additional strengthening is forecast and Igor could reach
major hurricane strength by late Monday,” it added.

A major hurricane is one with sustained winds between 111
and 130 mph (154-177 kph), reaching a Category 3 rating on the
Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity.

Hurricane Igor was seen moving west for the next two or
three days, after which it was expected to turn more to the
northwest, forecasters at the center said.

Computer models projected it would stay in the Atlantic for
the coming days and not enter the Gulf of Mexico, where U.S.
oil and gas operations are clustered.

The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season was predicted to be
extremely active by most forecasters. Besides Igor, three
hurricanes — Alex, Danielle and Earl — formed earlier in the
season, the last two reaching Category 4 strength.

Several forecasters have said they expect the season to
produce in all some five major hurricanes of Category 3
strength or stronger.

(Reporting by Pascal Fletcher; editing by Will Dunham)

UPDATE 2-Hurricane Igor moves westwards over open Atlantic