As of 11:00 a.m., the area of disturbed weather east of the Bahamas has officially become Tropical Storm Danny. Those located in the vicinity of the Bahamas to the southeastern parts of the United States should keep a close watch on the stormís progression.
At 11:00 a.m. AST, the eye of Tropical Storm Danny was located approximately 445 miles east of Nassau and 775 miles south to southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Moving on a west-northwest track at a rate of 18 miles per hour, Tropical Storm Danny is expected to decrease in speed within the next 24-48 hours. Danny should then turn north to northwest by Friday, August 28, 2009.
Currently, maximum sustained winds associated with Tropical Storm Danny are at 45 miles per hour, with higher gusts associated with the system. It is possible that Danny could strengthen. A category 1 hurricane has wind speeds of at least 75 miles per hour. At this point, Danny is a tropical storm, not a Category 1 hurricane.
Tropical Dannyís minimum central pressure is estimated to be 29.80 inches. The system is expected to cause rainfall between 2 and 3 inches, with some areas receiving up to 4 inches. Rainfall is expected over the Southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Tropical Danny arrives at what is beginning to be an active hurricane season. Previously, the tropics have been rather subdued, until the sudden forming of Tropical Storm Claudette, last week, the Atlantic saw the first named hurricane of the season, Bill. As we continue to monitor the progress and track of Tropical Storm Danny, we are keeping our eye on another system: Tropical Storm Ignacio.
Tropical Storm Ignacio is in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 905 miles west of the southern tip of Baja California. It is traveling at speeds near 14 miles per hour, and like Tropical Storm Danny has maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. However, Tropical Storm Ignacio is expected to decrease in strength and become a tropical depression. Tropical Storm Danny looks as if it is going to increase and might possibly become the second hurricane in the Atlantic this season: Hurricane Danny.