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Danielle becomes a “major hurricane” – reaches Cat 4

Hurricane Danielle has reached “major hurricane status” and has become a dangerous Category 4 hurricane says the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The storm now has sustained winds of 215km/h with gusts much higher.  The central air pressure has fallen from 955hPa to 946hPa.

The storm is now 875 kilometres south east of Bermuda heading north west towards the island.

The NHC advises that there are currently no watches or warnings in effect but interests in Bermuda should monitor the progress of Danielle.

While the centre of the storm is likely to remain well east of Bermuda the storm could still cause damage – especially in coastal areas in the south and east.

Large and dangerous surf conditions are expected in Bermuda during the next few days with swells from Danielle also affecting the eastern seaboard of the United States by tomorrow.


Stu on 27/08/2010 10:11am

Is Danielle the first major hurricane of the 2010 season?

WW Forecast Team on 27/08/2010 10:20am

Hi Stu, yes it is.  Alex was only a Cat 1. 

– WeatherWatch weekend team

Matt on 27/08/2010 7:17am

Would hardly say Bermuda’s in the firing line, at this moment it doesn’t even appear to be within the cone.

Although this is pretty good to track in the open ocean

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