According to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), the closest territory to Danielle is the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, which is 1,425 kilometers away.
Danielle is showing “stable movement”, although forecasters predict it will “slowly turn northeasterly early next week”.
The Miami (Florida)-based NHC predicts in its most recent report that the system will be strengthened a little further in the next 48 hours.
Hurricane-force winds extend outwards up to 30 kilometers from the center and tropical storm-force central winds extend up to 185 kilometers outwards.
Danielle’s origins lie in Depression Five, which formed on the first of September, after a rare storm-free and hurricane-free August, which had not happened in 25 years.
In June, July and August, tropical storms Alex, Bonnie and Colin formed. Danielle has come to break the tranquility that has prevailed in the Atlantic since the beginning of July.
Private weather forecasting firm Accuweather noted that since 1960 there have been only three months of August with no cyclone activity. The previous ones were in 1961 and 1997.
The NHC is also monitoring two areas of low pressure in the Atlantic.
One is located east of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean and has a 50% chance of becoming a tropical depression as it moves slowly west-northwest towards the adjacent waters north of the Leeward Islands, between the Caribbean: Dominica, Martinique, Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
On the other hand, a tropical wave accompanied by a large area of low pressure, located off the west coast of Africa, has a low probability (10%) of becoming a tropical or subtropical depression.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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