Tropical Storm Danny
Published: August 19, 2015
Tropical Storm Danny, Tropical Storm Danny was gaining strength far out in the Atlantic on Wednesday morning.
The fourth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph early Wednesday and was expected to continue to strengthen, according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of 4 a.m. CDT, Tropical Storm Danny was about 1,445 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and moving west at 14 mph.
Tropical Storm Danny can be seen at right as the sun comes up over the Atlantic on Wednesday morning. (National Weather Service)
Danny is expected to continue on a west-northwest track for the next two days, and could become a hurricane on Thursday, the hurricane center said.
If that were to happen, Danny would be the first hurricane of the season. There have been three named storms, but none reached hurricane strength, which is maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher.
And Danny could become a strong hurricane. The hurricane center’s intensity forecast takes its maximum winds up to 105 mph, which would make it a strong Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale.
The hurricane center said Danny was in a favorable environment for strengthening, with dry air near the system the only thing that could hinder further development.
Computer models put Danny on west-northwest path toward the Lesser Antilles, but it’s too early to say if the storm will affect the United States.
Danny is being steered westward by a subtropical ridge of high pressure, and that is expected to continue for the next few days, the hurricane center said.
TD4 has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Danny. **It is too far away & too early to worry about this system** https://t.co/51ZV8A9Lu8
– NWS Mobile (@NWSMobile) August 18, 2015
Danny is the fourth named storm in the Atlantic this season.
The first, Ana, came ashore on the South Carolina coast on May 10 as a tropical storm with 45 mph winds.
The second, Bill, made landfall on June 16 on Matagorda Island in Texas with winds of 60 mph.
Claudette was named on July 13 and had peak winds of 50 mph. It dissipated shortly thereafter in the North Atlantic without affecting land.
The Atlantic hurricane season lasts until Nov. 30.
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