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MIAMI (Reuters) - Hurricane Igor churned westward in the Atlantic Ocean as a dangerous Category 4 storm and could strengthen in the coming days, forecasters said late on Monday.

Igor was strong enough to cause catastrophic damage but posed no immediate threat to land or energy interests. It was too soon to rule out an impact on the U.S. East Coast, but the chances of such a landfall were viewed as slim.

The powerful hurricane had top sustained winds of 140 miles per hour and could intensify in the next couple of days, forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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