Hurricane Danny formed Thursday August 20th, becoming the first hurricane this year in the Atlantic Ocean, according to the United States National Hurricane Center.
As of 11 a.m. ET, Danny had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph, making it a Category 1 hurricane. It had been a tropical storm since Tuesday August 18th.
The hurricane is moving to the west-northwest at 12 mph and is located 1,090 miles east of the Caribbean’s Windward Islands. It should hit the islands early Monday August 24th, and potentially strike Puerto Rico by Tuesday 25th.
The storm is currently quite small, with hurricane-force winds extending only 10 miles, the hurricane center said. It’s so small that “you could fit 321 Dannys into Hurricane Sandy,” Weather Channel meteorologist Nick Wiltgen tweeted.
Drought is plaguing many of the Caribbean islands, so rainfall from a tropical system would be welcome in many places, AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.
More than 63% of Puerto Rico is now in a drought, prompting the U.S. territory this month to enact severe water-rationing measures.
July was the fourth-driest month on record in the capital of San Juan since 1898, with only 1.6 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.
Tropical storms Ana, Bill and Claudette formed earlier in the year but never reached hurricane strength.
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