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Tropical Storm Danny moving through warm waters towards the Caribbean

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 8:14 AM

There is increasing possibility that Tropical Storm Danny could become the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season as it moves through generally favourable atmospheric conditions towards the Caribbean.

The system became a tropical storm on Tuesday and forecasters say it could become a hurricane on Thursday.

Danny is currently about 1,400 miles east of Windward and Leeward Islands and will encounter warmer waters to support further strengthening.

Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Danny will become a hurricane if the wind speed reaches 73 mph.

At present, the system is travelling at 12 mph.

The slower it travels over warm water, the greater the potential for a more powerful storm.

This system is however not an immediate threat to Jamaica.

Storm scale:

Tropical Depression – wind speed less than 39 MPH
Tropical Storm – wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH
Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH
Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH