First Major Hurricane of Season Strengthens in Atlantic

August 27, 2010

(ChattahBox) – As we approach the peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic, the strongest tropical storm of the early season so far, Danielle, was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane Friday morning. With winds reaching up to 135  miles per hour, it is currently over 500 miles south east of Bermuda and could hit Florida and the Eastern Seaboard by Labor Day, with swells from Danielle expected to hit the U.S. later today.  Bermuda will get some squalls from the storm, but likely nothing too major, as forecasts track  Danielle to move in a general NW direction through today, while changing to a more northerly and NE direction throughout the day on Saturday.  Tropical Storm Earl, traveling about 1,400 miles behind Danielle, has winds at a relatively modest 45 mph, but forecasts predict that Earl will strengthen some during the next 48 hours and could become a hurricane by early Saturday, with a minimum of 74 mph sustained winds.  Earl is expected to follow a path similar to Danielle’s, although likely farther to the west, which could impact Bermuda.

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