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For Immediate Release

August 23, 2015

Danny Continues to Weaken, Forecasted to be a Tropical Depression on Monday

System Expected to Pass South of the US Virgin Islands

Tropical Storm Watch Remains in Effect for the USVI, Puerto Rico

Danny continues to weaken as it approaches the Leeward Islands.

At 5 p.m. the center of Tropical Storm Danny was located near latitude 15.6 North, longitude 59 West, or about 410 miles south southeast of the Virgin Islands. Danny is moving toward the west near 16 miles per hour, and a westward to west-northwestward motion is expected over the next 48 hours. On the forecast track, the center will move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands late tonight or early Monday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours. Continued weakening is forecast during the next48 hours, and Danny is expected to become a tropical depression on Monday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center. Tropical-storm-force winds are expected within portions of the warning area by late tonight.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the US Virgin Islands Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and Saba and St. Eustatius. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla.

The National Hurricane Center will issue and a complete advisory at 8 p.m. and an intermediate advisory at 11 p.m. tonight.

USVI Forecast

According to the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office at San Juan, based on latest forecast, Danny is expected to weaken to a Tropical Depression as it passes south of the Virgin Islands. Danny will make its closest point of approach to the Virgin Islands on Monday night at about 10 p.m. when the storm center passes some 79 miles to the south-southwest of St. Croix. At that time Danny is expected to be a Tropical Depression with top winds of 30 miles per hour.

The system is expected to produce accumulated rainfall amounts 2 to 4 inches of rain. Marine conditions expected are 6 to 7 feet with occasional seas up 10 feet and winds between 20 and 25 knots with higher gusts mainly in squalls.

VITEMA is encouraging to the community to continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Danny as it approaches the Territory.