Tropical Storm Danny forms in the Atlantic

| August 26, 2009

Chris Dolce, Lead Meteorologist
The Weather Channel
11:37 a.m. ET 8/26/2009

Low pressure east of the Bahamas has become Tropical Storm Danny.

ATLANTIC

A disturbed area we've been monitoring became better organized last night and has formed into Tropical Storm Danny as of 11 a.m.

The center of circulation is located 445 miles east of Nassau, Bahamas or around 775 south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC. Top winds are around 45 mph and the system is moving off to the west-northwest around 18 mph.

Danny is highly sheared at this time with the low-level center exposed and much of the shower and thunderstorm activity displaced to the east. Further strengthening is possible once this activity becomes more collocated with the center.

Although Danny is currently moving off to the west-northwest, a turn more to north is expected Thursday through Saturday allowing the storm to move near or off the East Coast of the United States.

Residents in the Bahamas and along the U.S. East Coast (mainly from eastern North Carolina northward) should monitor this system closely to see what, if any, impacts it will bring Friday into the weekend.

At the very least there will likely be an increase in gusty winds along coastal areas, high surf, and rip currents due to a strong pressure gradient from high pressure that will move over the Northeast.

EASTERN PACIFIC

In the eastern Pacific, Tropical Storm Ignacio formed in the Eastern Pacific on Monday evening. It is currently located about 905 miles west of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and winds are near 45 miles per hour. Ignacio is forecast to continue weakening now that it is moving over colder waters, and is forecast to become a remnant low on Thursday.

Elsewhere, there are a couple of areas being monitored for development.

An area of disturbed weather several hundred miles south-southwest of Mexico's southwestern coast could undergo some slow development.

Another broad area of low pressure south of Guatemala has some disorganized shower and thunderstorm activity. The environment appears favorable for some development.

CENTRAL PACIFIC

Tropical Storm Hilda is located about 700 miles southeast of the Hilo, Hawaii, and winds have decreased to 45 miles per hour.

Some slight strengthening is possible as tiny Hilda passes to the south of Hawaii.

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