Tropical Storm Earl might Turn into a Hurricane by Saturday

By Turjo, Gaea News Network
Thursday, August 26, 2010

NEW YORK ( — National Hurricane Center is expecting that tropical storm Earl which has developed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, will continue to move westward on Thursday. Moreover, the storm could become the season’s third hurricane by early Saturday.

The storm is seen moving west to northwest, steering to the east of the Leeward Islands and avoiding key oil and gas producing areas in the Gulf of Mexico by the early computer models.

Earl was located about 1,735 miles (2,792 km) east of the northern Leeward Islands, moving at 17 miles per hour (27 km per hour) with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (72 kph).

On the other hand, Hurricane Danielle is packing winds of 105 mph (169 kph) as it moved northwest at 15 mph about 630 miles (1,014 km) north-east of the northern Leewards and 770 miles (1,239 km) south-east of Bermuda. It still remains as a Category 2 storm in the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Danielle was also expected to strengthen during the next 24 to 36 hours, and could become a major, Category 3 hurricane with winds in excess of 110 mph (177 kph) by late Thursday or Friday.

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