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Hurricane Danny expected to continue gaining strength

Hurricane Danny’s projected path as of 11 p.m. Thursday.
Hurricane Danny’s projected path as of 11 p.m. Thursday.

Hurricane Danny is shaping up Thursday to be a small but potentially threatening system.

At 11 p.m., forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said Danny remained about 970 miles east of the Windward Islands with sustained winds of 80 mph. Danny was making slow progress, moving west-northwest at just 10 mph. Forecasters expect Danny to continue intensifying over the next 24 hours, but then lose steam before it reaches the Lesser Antilles on Sunday afternoon.

Forecasters say Danny is an “unusually small” storm, which complicates their work. Small storms can build steam and just as rapidly weaken, fluctuations that are “notoriously difficult to forecast,” they said.

Danny should stay its course for the next two days before turning west. The storm also should pick up speed in the next three to five days. Hurricane hunter planes are on deck to investigate Danny on Friday afternoon.

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