Danielle becomes season’s first major hurricane

| 27/08/2010

(CNS): Hurricane Danielle has reached category four status and weather forecasters at the hurricane centre in Miami are warning of dangerous surf around Bermuda. Dnielle now has sustained winds over 135 mph and is travelling north-west at 12 mph. On the current track Danielle is still expected to passwell to the east of Bermuda Saturday night but large waves and swells are expected to impact the island and the East coast of the US tomorrow. The NHC warned the swells are likely to cause dangerous rip currents through the weekend. 

 
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the centre and tropical storm force winds up to 205 miles.
 
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Earl is around 1430 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands still travelling at 17mph. Maximum sustained winds are 45 mph with higher gusts but Earl is expected to gradually strengthen over the next 48 hours and is forecast to become a hurricane by Saturday night. Currently, tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 85 miles from the centre.
 
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