A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean intensified to become the fourth tropical storm of the season.
Tropical Storm Danny is approximately 1600 miles east off the Wayward Islands – in addition to being 1966 miles ESE of Miami and 3031 miles ESE of Cape Canaveral – moving west at a speed of 12 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.
The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expect it to turn into a Category 1 hurricane by Thursday, further strengthening into a Category 2 hurricane – with winds reaching up to 98 miles per hour – on Sunday.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) August 18, 2015
Tropical Storm Danny: No warnings issued yet
According to Business Standard, experts said that the hurricane season in the Atlantic this year will be less active than usual, which could be because of an El Niño weather pattern. This season lasts till November 1.
The last El Niño, which occurred five years ago, had a severe effect – causing monsoons in Southeast Asia, droughts in southern Australia, the Philippines and Ecuador, and heatwaves in Brazil.
The Weather Channel said that the storm’s progression was rather slow, and that it could take a week for it to reach the eastern Caribbean Sea. No warnings or watches have been issued or are currently in effect.
According to The Washington Post, some of the previous storms in August that occurred within 200 miles of where Danny formed are David (1979), Allen (1980), Andrew (1992), and Frances (2004).
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