Hurricane Fred, the second hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, has hit the island nation of Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa, forcing the government to ground all flights until further notice.

According to BBC News, a hurricane warning has been issued by the US-based National Hurricane Center (NHC), which predicts coastal flooding due to strong wind and heavy rains from today and overnight into Tuesday.

The NHC says the last time a hurricane was recorded hitting Cape Verde was 1892, although it cautions that records were less exact before the advent of weather satellites in the mid-1960s.

Cape Verde consists of 10 significant volcanic islands, nine of which are inhabited.




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