Tropical Depression 6 strengthened into Tropical Storm Danielle over the weekend and will soon intensify into the next Atlantic hurricane. The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center is closely monitoring its forecast track and potential eventual impacts on the Eastern Seaboard.
Tropical Storm Danielle was centered about 1025 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands at 11 a.m. EDT. Danielle was moving to the northwest at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.
Strong winds high in the atmosphere, also known as wind shear, prevented Tropical Depression 6 from becoming better organized and intensifying earlier in the weekend. That wind shear lessened enough Sunday for the formation of Tropical Storm Danielle Sunday afternoon.
Danielle will further strengthen into a hurricane tonight or Tuesday.
Danielle will remain over the open waters of the Atlantic through late week. Beyond that time, the exact track of Danielle is far from etched in stone.
The cold front set to bring dramatic cooling to the northern Plains on Monday could steer the future-hurricane to the north, then east next week. This scenario would bring Danielle close to Bermuda, but keep it from the United States.
If Danielle misses that connection with the cold front, then the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center is worried it will take a path closer to the Eastern Seaboard.
Even if Danielle remains just east of Bermuda, residents and visitors along the East Coast will still notice its presence. Rough surf and rip currents will endanger swimmers next weekend and into the early part of the following week.
All residents and visitors of Bermuda and the East Coast should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com for updates on Tropical Storm Danielle's eventual track.
Other Areas of Concern in the Atlantic
While most of the attention is on Tropical Storm Danielle, there are other areas of the Atlantic that are being monitored for potential development.
A close eye will be kept on the northern Gulf of Mexico this week for the possibility that a tropical system develops along a frontal boundary.
Some computer models are also hinting that additional development could take place this week in the eastern Atlantic as a new tropical wave moves away from Africa.
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