Danielle weakens to tropical storm, expected to restrengthen

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Danielle weakens to tropical storm, expected to restrengthen

Tropical Storm Danielle is expected to restrengthen into a hurricane as it moves northeast away from the U.S. coast. Photo courtesy of NOAA

For the first time this year, a hurricane is roaming the Atlantic Ocean.

One day after becoming a tropical storm, the first in the basin since Colin in early July, Danielle strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane over the North Atlantic Ocean on Friday morning. The system has since fallen back to tropical storm status, but re-intensification is expected over the coming days.

The storm wasn’t a threat to land as it was located 915 miles west of the Azores, an island chain located to the west of Portugal, according to a National Hurricane Center update at 5 a.m. EDT. Danielle had maximum sustained winds of 70 mph and was moving west at 1 mph. The NHC said tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 125 miles.

Danielle’s development occurred right after an unusually quiet August. In fact, it was the first time in 25 years that the Atlantic basin had zero named tropical systems in the month of August.

Danielle weakens to tropical storm, expected to restrengthen

This season has been dramatically different compared to the hyperactive 2020 and 2021 Atlantic seasons. The current season has fallen behind the pace of an average hurricane season. The first hurricane of an Atlantic season typically develops by Aug. 11, according to the 30-year average from 1991 to 2020 compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

AccuWeather forecasters said Danielle will remain a hurricane for several more days as it meanders over the open waters of the Atlantic and well away from land.

As the storm treks northeastward through the middle of next week, Danielle is likely to move into an area of lower water temperatures, which will likely cause it to lose wind intensity.

“There is a small chance that a dip in the jet stream may try to grab Danielle and pull it more to the north, toward the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador or Greenland for a time next week. If this occurs, it could delay, limit or prevent direct moisture from reaching the United Kingdom,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

As of late Friday night, Danielle wasn’t alone in the Atlantic. Tropical Storm Earl formed northeast of the Caribbean late at night, and is on track to bring periods of rain and gusty winds to some of the islands, before making a sharp turn toward the northeast.

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