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Tropical Storm Danny Making A Beeline for the Virgin Islands

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Tropical Storm Danny has formed far out in the Atlantic Ocean, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday.

As of 5 p.m. ET, the storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and is moving to the west at 12 mph. It’s the fourth named tropical system of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane system, following Ana, Bill and Claudette.

Once a storm reaches 74 mph, it becomes a hurricane.

“Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Danny is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday,” the hurricane center said.

The center of the storm is now some 1,595 miles east of the Caribbean’s Windward Islands. It’s still several days away from the Windward Islands.

The exact track of the system beyond several days is questionable at this point, AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

“A track across the Windward or southern Leeward islands late Monday, then into the Caribbean later next week is most likely, provided the system remains relatively weak,” Sosnowski said.

However, he said a curve to the northwest and dissipation are also possibilities.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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