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Karl, Ivan Dance Around Atlantic

September 25, 1998

MIAMI (AP) _ Hurricane Jeanne was within about four or five days of landfall while Hurricane Ivan and Tropical Storm Karl danced around each other today in more remote areas of the Atlantic.

``Karl and Ivan are out there in no man’s land, so they’re not going to affect any land for a long, long time,″ said David Chorney, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

The two systems exhibited a phenomenon known as the Fujiwhara Effect, which is ``kind of like you have two tops and they spin around each other,″ Chorney said.

Ivan, the Atlantic season’s most recent hurricane, had maximum sustained winds today near 80 mph and was about 760 miles west-southwest of the Azores islands. It was curving toward the northeast at about 16 mph.

Tropical Storm Karl, the season’s 11th named storm, increased its top winds to about 65 mph. It was churning about 1,570 miles west-southwest of the Azores and was moving to the southeast at about 12 mph.

Hurricane Jeanne, which was centered about 900 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands with 105-mph winds, eventually could pose trouble for the Lesser Antilles.

``(But) if it affects land, it would be four or five days,″ Chorney said.

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