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Hurricane Danielle Expected to Strengthen; Swells to Affect Bermuda and Eastern USA – August 27th, 2010

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August 27th, 2010 Category: Image of the day, Tropical Cyclones

Tropical Storm Danielle (06L) - August 26th, 2010

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Track of TS 06L - August 26th, 2010 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS 06L

Swells from Hurricane Danielle (06L) are expected to affect portions of the United States east coast starting Friday. The system is currently located near 25.8N 57.6W, about 625 mi (1005 km) southeast of Bermuda.

Danielle is moving toward the northwest near 12 mph (19 km/hr) and a gradual turn toward the north-northwest and north is expected during the next couple of days. On this track, the center of Danielle is expected to remain well east of Bermuda.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 110 mph (175 km/hr) with higher gusts. Danielle is a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Danielle is expected to become a major hurricane on Friday.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 50 miles (85 km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km). The estimated minimum central pressure is 965 mb (28.50 inches).

Hazards affecting land could include large and dangerous surf conditions in Bermuda during the next few days. Swells from Danielle will begin to arrive on the east coast of the United States on Friday. Large surf and dangerous rip currents are expected throughout the weekend.

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