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UPDATED WEATHER ALERT: Our First Named Storm – Danny

UPDATE: What was Tropical Depression # 4 is now Tropical Storm Danny. At 5 pm Tuesday, Danny was located near 10.9 North, 37.5 West in the eastern Atlantic, about 1500 miles from the Lesser Antilles. Danny was moving west at 12 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 40 miles per hour. Wind shear will be low over Danny, so some strengthening over the next couple of days. The biggest obstacle Danny faces is an area of dry air, but it’s uncertain if that will be enough to disrupt the system before it approaches the Lesser Antilles late in the weekend.


By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Aug 18, 2015 – The disturbance in the Eastern Atlantic that we’ve been watching is Tropical Depression # 4 as of 11 am Tuesday. At that time, TD # 4 was located near 10.6 North, 36.5 West and was moving west at 13 miles per hour. Top winds were estimated at 35 miles per hour. TD # 4 is likely to strengthen steadily over the next 5 days as it moves through an environment of weak wind shear. At its expected forward speed, it will still be east of the Lesser Antilles by the weekend.

Here in South Florida, Tuesday is hot and humid. Showers and even a storm or two will move in Tuesday night and early Wednesday, and afternoon storms are possible, especially in western parts of our area. Wednesday’s highs will be in the low 90s. We’ll see a few morning showers and some stray afternoon storms on Thursday and Friday, along with highs in the low 90s.

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.