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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.

http://www.weather.com/storms/hurricane/news/tropical-depression-four-tropical-storm-danny-atlantic-2015

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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