It has now been downgraded to Tropical Storm Danny, and it is getting ready to wallop the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands over the next 24 hours. CNN is reporting that the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season now has sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving to the west at 15 mph.
While Tropical Storm Danny is no longer a hurricane, it still has the potential to cause damage and other significant problems for the islands in its path while its trek continues. Danny’s center, where the most intense weather is produced, is predicted to move across the Leeward Islands late Sunday or early Monday. Damaging weather conditions could persist some 60 miles from the center, and tropical storm warnings are in effect for areas in its predicted path. It is estimated that somewhere between 2–4 inches of rain will fall, with winds gusting in excess of 50 mph.
Islands predicted to be directly impacted by Danny include Barbuda, Montserrat, Antigua, Nevis, St. Kitts, and Anguilla. These locations are all currently under tropical storm warnings and are expected to bear the brunt of Tropical Storm Danny’s impact.
After drenching and shaking up the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are next in line for a hit. Danny is expected to weaken substantially by its expected late-Monday or early-Tuesday impact, and should be more of a blessing than a threat. TWC has been reporting sustained, substantial drought in Puerto Rico this season, so locals are expecting Tropical Storm Danny to deliver some much-missed and needed moisture to the island.
Tropical storm watches have been issued for both the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico ahead of a weakened Danny’s anticipated arrival.
Meteorologists expect that Tropical Storm Danny will continue to weaken before finally fizzling out sometime after the next 5 days or so, but the Atlantic hurricane season isn’t over yet. Currently, there are two more areas of low pressure off of Cape Verde that have raised meteorological eyebrows. Both have at least the potential to develop into something more. Whether they will become named storms or potentially develop into hurricanes over the next week or two remains to be seen, and is virtually impossible to determine at this point.
Danny might be past his prime, but late August is prime time when it comes to Atlantic hurricanes. It’s difficult to say what’s going to pop up this time of year, or where it’s going to end up. Tropical Storm Danny is just about done, but surely there’ll be more to come.
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