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Tropical Storm Danny Could Become Category 1 Hurricane by Thursday

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 08:10 AM

Tropical Storm Danny was identified and located roughly 1,500 miles east of the Caribbean's Windward Islands early Wednesday morning, and is expected to become the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season as it moves west.

Weather.com reported that the storm's maximum sustained winds were blowing at around 50 mph.

It is not expected to reach the longitude of the Lesser Antilles until early next week, and satellite data suggests the storm is forming and concentrating over time. It could become a Category 1 hurricane as early as Thursday, and become a Category 2 by Sunday with winds reaching nearly 100 mph.

"This is a slow mover across the Atlantic. Even in our five-day forecast, it’s not even at the Windward Islands. So we have plenty of time to watch this," National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen told The Miami Herald.

Feltgen explained that the forth storm of the Atlantic season usually forms on Aug. 23, so Danny is right on schedule.

"We’re going into the peak of the season, so we’re right on target," he said.

As The Washington Post reported, "Environmental conditions are as conducive for this storm as we’ve seen all summer — although that’s not saying much given how quiet this season has been so far. But the tropical storm is in a climatological sweet spot for tropical cyclone development. The biggest factor working against Danny is a huge plume of very dry, Saharan air that surrounds it, especially to the north."

Tropical storms Ana, Bill, and Claudette all preceded Danny this season in the Atlantic.

Hurricane experts earlier this month predicted the season will spawn six to 10 named storms, and one to four hurricanes.

 


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Tropical Storm Danny was identified and located roughly 1,500 miles east of the Caribbean's Windward Islands early Wednesday morning, and is expected to become the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season as it moves west.
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