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Danielle picks up steam in the Atlantic

Hurricane Danielle strengthened early Tuesday as it churned through the middle of the Atlantic, far from land, the National Hurricane Center reported.

The storm is expected to become a major hurricane by late Tuesday, according to the center, but is forecast to stay east of Bermuda. When it becomes a major hurricane, Danielle would be a Category 3 storm, with top sustained winds of at least 111 mph and it would be capable of causing devastating damage.

Danielle, the second hurricane of the Atlantic season, is currently a Category 1 storm.

Danielle was moving toward the west-northwest near 20 mph (32 km/hr), with maximum sustained winds near 85 mph. The storm is forecast to take a turn more to the northwest during the day.

The storm is currently heading in the general direction of Bermuda, but remains some 1,800 miles away and isn’t forecast to come anywhere near the island before this weekend.

Hurricane Alex, the first hurricane of the season, sent thousands in northeastern Mexico to shelters in late June and early July.


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