From: Reuters
Published August 27, 2010 07:08 AM

Hurricane Danielle strengthens into a Category 4 storm

Hurricane Danielle strengthened into a Category 4 storm on Friday as it churned over the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Danielle, the first major hurricane of the season, was located some 545 miles southeast of Bermuda and was moving northwest at 12 miles per hour (19 km per hour).

It had top sustained winds of 135 mph. Any storm packing winds of at least 111 mph is ranked as "major" by the Miami-based hurricane center.


Computer models show Danielle tracking northwest and then in a more northerly direction before passing well east of Bermuda on Saturday night.

The Hurricane Center said Bermuda would experience large waves and dangerous surf conditions over the next few days before the swells reach the U.S. East Coast where they are likely to cause dangerous rip currents this weekend.

Danielle is expected to strengthen within the next 36 hours before weakening.

In the Pacific, Hurricane Frank, the third Pacific hurricane of the season, formed this week but eventually veered away from Mexico and out to sea. It was expected to weaken as it moved over cooler waters.

Image shows forecast path of Daniel (Credit NOAA)

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