The August 22, 5 p.m. National Hurricane Center forecast tracking map shows Tropical Storm Danielle located about 725 miles west of Cape Verde.
Forecast models for Tropical Storm Danielle.
The fourth named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season formed Sunday evening. On its current forecast track, it poses no threat to the United States.
Danielle was located in the eastern Atlantic and headed toward the northwest at about 12 mph. The storm was expected to turn west-northwest on Sunday night.
Maximum sustained winds were 40 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening was forecast. The National Hurricane Center said the storm could reach near hurricane intensity by late Tuesday.
Hurricane forecasters Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray from Colorado State University released mid-season predictions in an Aug. 4 report. The report forecast 18 named storms with 10 of the 18 strengthening into hurricanes. Of the 10, five are forecast to become major hurricanes, Category 3 or above.
The latest forecast from Gray and Klotzbach on Aug. 18 said activity through the end of August should be above average. They will continue to release two-week forecasts through the end of the season on Nov. 30. Hurricane season began June 1.
The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration updated its forecast during a teleconference on Aug. 5. Federal scientists said there is a 70 percent chance of 14 to 20 named storms forming between June 1 and Nov. 30. The number included the first three storms of the season: Alex, Bonnie and Colin.
NOAA said of the 14 to 20, 8 to 12 could be hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher. Of the 14 to 20, four to six could be major hurricanes, Category 3 or higher, with winds of 111 mph or more. Alex was the first hurricane of 2010 and the only one thus far.
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