Danny becomes a hurricane
Danny strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane on Thursday morning with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. The storm is located 1,000 miles east of the eastern Caribbean islands.
The official forecast from the National Hurricane Center calls for Danny to maintain its hurricane strength through Sunday as it approaches the Lesser Antilles islands.
Danny is a small storm, which tends to allow for more rapid changes in intensity, up or down, with hurricane-force winds extending only 10 miles. It’s so small that “you could fit 321 Dannys into Hurricane Sandy,” Weather Channel meteorologist Nick Wiltgen tweeted.
It should reach the Lesser Antilles by Monday morning and bring drenching rain to Puerto Rico by Tuesday. By then it could be downgraded, either to a tropical storm or to a tropical wave.