August 21, 2015
UPDATE: Danny is upgraded to a majorThe
National Hurricane Center today upgraded Hurricane Danny to a Category
3 storm, with winds of 115 miles an hour -- a major hurricane on
the Saffir-Simpson scale.
hurricane with winds at 115 mph
By IRENE NOLAN
At 5 p.m., the center of Danny was located about 860 miles east of the
Windward Islands and the storm was moving to the west-northwest at 10
mph. This motion is expected to continue through tonight. A turn
toward the west and an increase in forward speed is expected on
Saturday or Saturday night.
However, forecasters expect Danny to encounter a less conducive
environment -- drier air and more wind shear -- and weakening is
expected during the next 48 hours. The hurricane's winds are forecast
to be down to 75 mph by Sunday night and to tropical storm force by
Tuesday when it will be near Puerto Rico.
The Hurricane Center said the storm remains a tiny hurricane.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and
tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles.
On Wednesday, the storm is expected to be over Hispaniola, and from
there the track, and whether it might affect the United States, is
A NOAA aircraft conducted a research mission in and around Danny this
afternoon, and an Air Force Reserve Unit reconnaissance aircraft will
investigate Danny Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Hurricane Center continues to watch an area of disturbed
weather near Bermuda. A low pressure system is forecast to form in the
area in the next day or so, and conditions could support some tropical
or sub-tropical development over the weekend as the low moves slowly