MIAMI, CMC – A strengthening Hurricane Danielle was moving closer to the Leeward Islands on Wednesday, amid concerns that the Category One storm could further strengthen as it churns across the Atlantic.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that Danielle, the second named hurricane for the 2010 season, was 795 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.
The NHC said that at 5.00 am (local time) the center of the hurricane was located near latitude 18.8 north, longitude 51.0 west and it is moving towards the west-northwest near 17 miles per hour.
“A turn towards the northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next couple of days,” the NHC said, adding that additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.
Earlier this week, the NHC had warned that Danielle could become a major hurricane and at one stage it had reached Category Two status with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.