Keim: Tropical Storm Danny could become hurricane by Friday
Posted on 8/18/2015 2:23:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Tropical Storm Danny has formed in the central Atlantic Ocean and its forecast to be the first hurricane of the 2015 season. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the projected path of the system is expected to intensify as it tracks west and become a tropical storm by the end of the day.

"And perhaps even a hurricane by Friday," says Keim. "The reason for this strengthening is weak wind shear that's currently affecting this storm."

Keim says even though we are in an El Nino year, that strong wind shear which tends to break up storms does have areas of weakness which is what this system has found.

"The storm is still about a week away from hitting the Caribbean and probably about 10 days away from coming to the Gulf," said Keim.

Keim says the storm is currently so far away that it’s hard to say if it will impact the US or the Gulf.

"Definitely anticipate some strengthening of this storm over the next couple of days," said Keim. "Whether it gets into the Gulf or goes up the east coast is anyone's guess but it certainly bares watching."

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