Storm Danielle forms in the Atlantic
Santo Domingo, DR
Tropical Depression Five transformed Thursday into Tropical Storm Danielle in the middle of the North Atlantic. Its winds reached a speed of 40 miles per hour (65 km/h), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported.
Danielle, the fourth tropical storm this year in the Atlantic basin, is about 960 miles (1,545 km) west of the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores.
It is moving slowly at two miles per hour (about 4 km/h) in an easterly direction and poses no threat to land.
The NHC forecasts a strengthening of Danielle’s winds over the next few days to a hurricane.
Tropical-storm-force winds reach up to 35 miles (55 km) from Danielle’s center.
Depression Five, now a tropical storm, formed Thursday after a rare storm- and hurricane-free August, which has not occurred in 25 years.
The first three months of the six-month season (June, July, and August) saw the formation of tropical storms Alex, Bonnie, Colin, and Danielle.
The private weather forecasting company Accuweather noted that since 1960 there have only been three August months without cyclonic activity. The previous ones were in 1961 and 1997.
The NHC is also monitoring two areas of low pressure in the Atlantic.
One is located east of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean and has a 60 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression as it slowly moves west-northwestward toward adjacent waters north of the Leeward Islands, between the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, Barbados, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
On the other hand, a tropical wave accompanied by a broad area of low pressure, located just off the west coast of Africa, may develop into a short-lived tropical or subtropical depression.