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HURRICANE DANNY INCREASES IN STRENGTH

HURRICANE DANNY INCREASES IN STRENGTH

August 20, 2015973Views
LOCATION: 13.0 degrees North, 45.7 degrees West
DISTANCE: ABOUT 1292 MILES SOUTH EAST OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 
MOVEMENT: WEST-NORTH WEST, NEAR 10 MPH 
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 80 MPH
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE: 990 MB
Hurricane Danny has shown increased strength since being upgraded from a tropical storm earlier today. 
At 5:00 p.m., the centre of Hurricane Danny was located near latitude 13 degrees north, longitude 45.7 degrees west or about 1292 miles south east of the British Virgin Islands. Danny is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 miles per hour (mph). This movement is expected to continue into Saturday
Maximum sustained winds remain near 80 mph with higher gusts. Danny is expected to strengthen over the next 24 hours. However, forecasters expect Danny to show signs of weakening beyond that point. 
The estimated minimum central pressure is 990 mb.
Danny is a very compact hurricane.  Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 10 miles while tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the centre. Although the tropical storm force wind radius could grow slightly (to about 75 miles) by the time Danny reaches the Leeward Islands, forecasters think Danny will remain a relatively compact system.
Expected Impacts on Land
Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico: Power outages are likely due to increased winds possibly by late Monday or early Tuesday. Flooding and mudslides are also possible.
Residents of the British Virgin Islands are advised to monitor the system as it progresses and keep abreast of updates issued by the Department of Disaster Management.
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Disclaimer: The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is not an official Meteorological Office. The Information disseminated by the Department is gathered from a number of professional sources used or contracted by the DDM to provide such information. This information is to be used as a guide by anyone who has interest in local weather conditions. By no means can the DDM or the BVI Government be held accountable by anyone who uses this information appropriately for legal evidence or in justification of any decision which may result in the loss of finances, property or life.