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The National Hurricane Centre has upgraded Tropical Depression 4 to Tropical Storm Danny.
The tropical storm classification comes just hours after the disturbance was upgraded to a depression. However the system has become better organised and further strengthening is predicted.
At 5:00 p.m., Tropical Storm Danny was located near 10.9 degrees North, 37.5 degrees West. The system is moving towards the west near 12 miles per hour (mph).
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the centre.
The estimated central pressue is 1008 MB.
Environmental conditions appear favourable for development during the next few days. The dynamical forecast models for the most part, indicate weakening as the system approaches the Caribbean. However, it is very possible that the system will affect the Caribbean as a hurricane. Once in the Caribbean, some weakening appears likely due to increasing wind shear.
It is possible that impacts on the Leeward and Windward Islands could occur as soon as Monday morning.
Expected Impacts on Land:
Northern Windward and southern Leeward Islands: Minor to moderate structural damage and power outages are possible next Monday when the system moves through. 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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