Storm Danny in Atlantic, wave could strengthen: NHC

Thu Aug 27, 2009 2:33pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Danny, off the coast of North Carolina on Thursday, was expected to slowly become the season's second hurricane during the next couple of days, while a tropical wave could strengthen into a cyclone, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

As of 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT), Danny was packing winds near 60 miles per hour about 550 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, and "wobbling" westward, moving somewhat erratically at about 13 mph, the NHC said.

It could turn into a hurricane as it heads more north to northeast on Friday, the NHC added.

Tropical storms pack winds in excess of 39 mph and reach hurricane status when maximum sustained winds reach 74 mph.

The NHC said interests from the Carolinas northward to New England should monitor the progress of the storm.

Several forecast tracks show the storm tracking north along the U.S. East Coast, once again toward Nova Scotia and Canadian Maritimes, on a similar path to last weekend's first hurricane of the 2009 season, Bill.

The NHC will issue its next advisory on Danny at 5 p.m. EDT.

In a 2 p.m. EDT update, the NHC said a tropical wave located over the far eastern Atlantic Ocean, about 350 miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, now had a medium chance -- 30 to 50 percent -- of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moved westward at 10 to 15 mph.

Earlier Thursday the NHC said the system had less than a 30 percent chance of further development.   Continued...

<p>Tropical Storm Danny is seen 445 miles (716 km) west of the Bahamas in this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite image taken at 1500 GMT on August 26, 2009. REUTERS/NOAA</p>