Danny is a little stronger Friday morning.
Maximum sustained winds are 85 mph. It’s located less than 1000 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands. It continues to move west-northwest at 10 mph.
Danny is a small hurricane. Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center.
Danny is currently in a very low wind shear environment and over warm water. It’s expected to remain in these favorable conditions for about another 12 to 24 hours so additional strengthening is possible.
After that time, Danny is expected to move into an area of increased southwesterly shear and drier air. These factors should start a weakening trend.
A trough over the western Atlantic Ocean is expected to lift northward in a couple of days, allowing the ridge to build westward and strengthen.
The change in the steering flow should cause Danny to turn westward into the Caribbean Sea.
A NOAA aircraft will be conducting a research mission in and around Danny this afternoon, and an Air Force Reserve Unit reconnaissance aircraft will investigate Danny Saturday afternoon.
These data will provide a better assessment of the intensity and structure of the hurricane.
Hurricane Danny Advisory
5 a.m. — Danny strengthens a little.
Watches and Warnings
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
Interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Danny.
Discussion and 48-hour outlook
At 5 a.m. EDT, the eye of Hurricane Danny was located near latitude 13.7 north, longitude 47.4 west. Danny is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue during the next day or so. A turn toward the west is forecast by Saturday night.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 85 mph, with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is possible today, but Danny should begin to weaken on Saturday.
Danny is a tiny hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 987 mb (29.15 inches).
Hazards affecting land
Next complete advisory is at 11 a.m.