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Tropical Storm Earl expected to become a hurricane: forecasters

Tropical Storm Earl expected to become a hurricane: forecasters
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As Hurricane Danielle weaves in the open Atlantic, Tropical Storm Earl is expected to pass through the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Sunday before becoming a hurricane later this week, forecasters said.

According to the National Hurricane Center’s recommendation at 11 a.m. Sunday, Tropical Storm Earl was about 85 miles north-northeast of St. Thomas, moving northwest at 3 mph with its maximum sustained winds remaining at 50 mph.

Earl’s tropical storm winds reached 105 miles.

Parts of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico can expect heavy rains of up to 6 inches and gusty winds.

Earl is expected to move north away from the islands on Monday and Tuesday, making a sharp turn north-northeast away from the Caribbean. Hurricane Earl is expected to form Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

“Earl is expected to make a sharp and fast turn to allow the storm to pass well to the south and east of the island. Direct impacts are unlikely, but Earl may create rough surf and rip currents that may affect the island this week,” said Alan Reppert, AccuWeather’s chief meteorologist.

After spending most of the day as a tropical storm, Hurricane Danielle saw its maximum sustained winds strengthen back to 75 miles per hour late Saturday night.

As of 11 a.m. Sunday, Danielle was nearly 1,000 miles from land in the North Atlantic, moving west at 1 mph.

Forecasters say an area of ​​low pressure could form from a tropical wave near Africa later this week, and gradual development is possible as this system moves generally west-northwest across the Atlantic.

Earlier Sunday, the National Hurricane Center had given it a 20 percent chance of developing over the next five days.

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Maximum sustained winds from Hurricane Danielle were 80 mph on Sunday morning and are forecast to gradually strengthen through Monday.

Its hurricane winds extended 15 miles from its center, while tropical storm winds extended 125 miles. As of 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Danielle was about 995 miles west of the Azores when she drifted across the Atlantic.

Danielle and Earl are the first named storms to form in the Atlantic since early July, when Tropical Storm Colin formed off the Carolinas coast. This comes after a quiet August with no named storms, for only the third time since 1961.

The 2020 hurricane season set a record with 30 systems named, while the 2021 season was the third most active with 21 systems named. An average year requires 14 named storms.

The next named storm to form will be Fiona.

Forecasters say dry air, Saharan dust and wind shear were among the reasons there were no more storms this year.

The hurricane season ends on 11.30.

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