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Tropical Storm Danny Forms, Forecast to Strengthen

Aug 18, 2015

A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean has become a tropical storm named Danny, according to the National Hurricane Center.

"Atmospheric and oceanic conditions surrounding Danny are expected to be favorable for slow but steady strengthening throughout the forecast period," according to the forecast.  "The only inhibiting factor appears to be dry mid-level air located to the north and west of Danny occasionally getting entrained into the circulation."

The storm currently poses no threat to land; there are no watches or warnings in effects.

Forecasters with the hurricane center had said the depression was likely to strengthen to a tropical storm Tuesday. They expect continued gradual strengthening over the next two days.

The storm is the Atlantic's fourth named storm of the season. On Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said it's located about 1,595 miles (2,565 kilometers) east of the Windward Islands. It has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) and is moving west at 12 mph (19 kph).

Forecasters expect Danny to continue strengthening over the next two days.