Isabel picks up the Pace

Hurricane Isabel continues to churn across the Atlantic with 135-mile-per-hour winds, and forecasters predict the storm will get even stronger.

At 11 a.m., Eastern Time, Isabel was 980 miles east of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. It`s headed west-northwest at 14 miles per hour.

Forecasters say the powerful Category 4 storm could threaten the Caribbean islands later this week.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression off the African coast is large but disorganized. There`s a chance the system could become a tropical storm in a day or two.

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