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For Immediate Release

August 19, 2015

Danny Steadily Moving Westward, Forecasted to be a Hurricane by Friday; 

Impact on the USVI Uncertain, Public Encouraged to Monitor System

Tropical Storm Danny continues to slowly and steadily organize as it treks westward across the Atlantic.

At 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Danny was located near Latitude 11.2 degrees north, Longitude 41.1 degrees west. Danny is moving toward the west near 12 miles per hour, and a westward to west-northwestward motion at a slightly slower forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts and some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Tropical Storm Danny could become a hurricane by Friday. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

The National Hurricane Center will issue its next complete advisory at 5 p.m. today. VITEMA will provide updated information on Tropical Storm Danny as it become available.

USVI Impact Remains Uncertain

Due to uncertainty in its track and development, Tropical Storm Danny is only being forecasted for the next 120 hours or through Sunday, according to Roberto Garcia, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service – San Juan Forecast Office. Tropical Storm Danny will encounter significant wind shear and a mass of dry air as it approaches the Lesser Antilles.

“The center of the storm should be very close to island of Guadeloupe on early Monday after that it is very uncertain,” Garcia said. “We are continuing to monitor the system very closely.”

Tropical Storm Danny is not expected to intensify to beyond a Category 1 hurricane, he said. A Category 1 hurricane carries winds of 75 to 95 miles per hour.

VITEMA Director Mona Barnes continues to encourage the public to also monitor this system very closely and to be prepared to act in the event the weather system impacts the Territory.

VITEMA is maintaining contact with the National Weather Service at San Juan for updates on the storm’s track and has placed the Emergency Operations Centers and support coordinators on alert as the Danny continues to develop. 

For more information about hurricane preparedness visit: www.VITEMA.gov/plan-prepare, www.Ready.gov or www.Listo.gov.  

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