TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The Atlantic Ocean has become more active over the last few days.
At 5 a.m., the National Hurricane Center upgraded a tropical wave in the northern Atlantic to Tropical Depression 5. By 11 a.m. NHC announced the depression had formed into Tropical Storm Danielle.
The tropical storm is expected to meander during the next few days as it makes a loop in the northern Atlantic before drifting even farther north early next week.
The maximum sustained wind speed of the storm has increased to nearly 40 mph with higher gusts recorded.
The NHC said the storm is forecasted to strengthen into a hurricane in two days or so.
Despite its strengthening, the system poses no threat to any coastline.
Danielle marks the fourth named storm of the season. After that, we could quickly have Earl.
There are two other tropical waves that are strengthening. One has an 80% chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm, and another coming off Africa has a 40% chance.
The computer models for the stronger wave curve the storm back out to sea and away from the US coast.
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