CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - On cue for the peak of the Atlantic tropical season, we have our first Hurricane of 2015. The National Hurricane Center upgraded Danny from Tropical Storm to Hurricane late Thursday morning.
That being said, don't let Danny cancel any beach plans you may have for this weekend. Hurricane Danny is still way out in the central Atlantic. This storm still has days to go before it poses any threat to even the Caribbean.
Here are the latest coordinates from the NHC. Danny is located at 12.5 North by 44.8 West, putting the storm about a thousand miles from the windward island.
And Danny is just barely a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.
The official forecast track takes Danny over Puerto Rico on Tuesday morning, but as a tropical storm not a hurricane. As Danny approaches the Caribbean, the storm is expected to encounter stronger wind shear. That means there will be stronger South Westerly winds aloft which should help to weaken the storm.
Certainly this is a storm that folks with interests in Puerto Rico and the Dominican will be watching closely as we head into the weekend. And by the end of the weekend, we should have a better handle on whether this system will have any impact along the east coast of the United States.