Tropical Storm Danielle Shows Potential

As reported on

Tropical Storm Danielle continues to gain strength, though is still forecast to stay far to the east of the U.S. as a blocking ridge of high pressure breaks, allowing the storm system to curve away and back to the north and northeast over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

At 11 a.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Danielle was located near latitude 15.1 north, longitude 39.4 west.

Danielle is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph, and a slight increase in forward speed is expected over the next day or so. Danielle should make a turn toward the northwest by Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph, with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Danielle could become a hurricane by this evening.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.

Estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb, or 29.35 inches.

During the past few hours, Pirata Buoy 13008, located northeast of the center, reported a minimum pressure of 998 mb and an 8-minute average wind speed of 47 mph.