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Tropical Storm Danielle could be hurricane by tonight

With each new advisory now, the projected path for Tropical Storm Danielle aims farther to the north, reducing the threat to Florida and the rest of the U.S. coastline.

Meanwhile, the system continues to steadily strengthen and isn’t far from becoming a hurricane. It could reach that threshold by Monday night or Tuesday morning.

As of 11 a.m. on Monday, Danielle was in the Central Atlantic, 1,025 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands, moving northwest at 16 mph with sustained winds of 65 mph.

The long-range forecast calls for the storm to curve distinctly to the northwest by Thursday, coming no closer than about 1,500 miles to Florida. In five days, it is projected to have maximum winds of about 100 mph, or Category 2 strength.

Although Bermuda needs to keep a close eye on Danielle, the storm might curve east of that small ocean nation as well.

The hurricane center also is monitoring a tropical wave that just emerged off the coast of Africa.

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