By Dorothy Davis
Tropical Storm Danielle formed late Sunday approximately 850 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands and continues to strengthen with maximum sustained winds growing overnight to more than 65 miles per hour with higher gusts. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center predict the fourth named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season will continue to intensify intermittently over the next 24 hours possibly reaching a Category 2 Hurricane designation by late Tuesday before starting to weaken around Friday or Saturday.
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Currently forecaster’s do not foresee Danielle as an active threat to land as it remains in the central Atlantic Ocean moving at approximately 16mph west-northwest towards Bermuda on a course that should bypass Florida and key oil and gas producing areas within the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters foresee Danielle located about 1,200 to 1,500 miles east of Tampa by Saturday. Currently there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect for Florida.
Danielle is typical of storms that form primarily during late August through September known as Cape Verde storms because they develop very near the Cape Verde region just off western Africa. Having a large open area over warm oceans and an extended time to culminate, Cape Verde storms are usually set in ideal conditions for intensification and have historically produced some of the most severe tropical storms and hurricanes to move through the Caribbean and then enter the Gulf of Mexico.
ImpactWeather meteorologist and hurricane expert Chris Hebert advised that historically 90 to 95 percent of hurricanes occur from Aug. 1 to Oct. 15.
Tropical Storm Danielle expected to strengthen to hurricane
By Dorothy Davis