Hurricane Danielle forms

SUNDAY AND MONDAY. HURRICANE DANIEL, 5:00 ADVISORY STILL HAS THE STORM STATIONARY. SHOULD CONTINUE TO INTENSIFY. CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE BEFORE IT STARTS MAKING A MOVE OUT TO THE EAST AND IT WILL SLOWLY WEAKEN AS WE HEAD TOWARD WEDNESDAY. IT IS OUT IN THE ATLANTIC NOT AFFECTING ANYBODY. WE WILL HAVE THIS AREA NOW. 70% CHANCE OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS OF DEVELOPMENT. WE COULD HAVE A TROPICAL DEPRESSION LATER TONIGHT. THE ORGANIZATION HAS CONTINUED TO IMPROVE. HURRICANE HUNTERS ARE OUT THERE. THEY SEE AN ORGANIZED CENTER OF ROTATION. WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE IF THAT BECOMES A TROPICAL STORM LATER ON.

Hurricane Danielle forms: See the latest tracks and models

Hurricane Danielle formed just before noon on Friday, becoming the first Atlantic hurricane of the season. The storm was located about 885 miles west of the Azores. Danielle had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was moving west at 1 mph. “The hurricane is forecast to meander over the open Atlantic during the next couple of days, then slowly turn towards the northeast early next week,” the NHC said. “Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.” Danielle is not expected to become a threat to Florida. Other tropical disturbances A tropical wave in the central tropical Atlantic could develop as it moves west-northwestward. Forecasters say the system could form into a tropical depression if there is additional development. Chances of it forming into a depression are high. The National Hurricane Center gives the system a 50% chance of development in the next two days and a 70% chance in the next five days. The third tropical disturbance being tracked is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa and head across the eastern tropical Atlantic. Chances of further development have decreased. It’s been given a 0% chance of development in the next five days and a 0% chance in the next two days. Related: What is a potential tropical cyclone? Related: How to sign up for custom weather alerts in the WESH 2 News AppRelated: Know your evacuation zonesRelated: Breaking down the hurricane categoriesKNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUEDStay tuned to WESH 2 News , WESH.COM, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates. Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind. Understand hurricane forecast models and cones .Prepare to cover all windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood. Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water, and medications. The WESH 2 First Alert Storm Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes. Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per dayCanned food and soup, such as beans and chiliCan opener for the cans without the easy-open lidsAssemble a first-aid kitTwo weeks’ worth of prescription medicationsBaby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapersFlashlight and batteriesBattery-operated weather radioWHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUEDListen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave. Complete preparation activities. If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows. Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows. HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRICANE Your smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath. Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | AndroidEnable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts. If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on “settings.” On the settings menu, click on “severe weather alerts.” From the menu, select from most severe, moderate-severe, or all alerts. PET AND ANIMAL SAFETY Your pet should be a part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death. Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets. Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.

Hurricane Danielle formed just before noon on Friday, becoming the first Atlantic hurricane of the season.

The storm was located about 885 miles west of the Azores.

Danielle had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and was moving west at 1 mph.

“The hurricane is forecast to meander over the open Atlantic during the next couple of days, then slowly turn towards the northeast early next week,” the NHC said. “Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles.”

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Danielle is not expected to become a threat to Florida.

Other tropical disturbances

A tropical wave in the central tropical Atlantic could develop as it moves west-northwestward. Forecasters say the system could form into a tropical depression if there is additional development.

Chances of it forming into a depression are high. The National Hurricane Center gives the system a 50% chance of development in the next two days and a 70% chance in the next five days.

The third tropical disturbance being tracked is forecast to move off the west coast of Africa and head across the eastern tropical Atlantic. Chances of further development have decreased. It’s been given a 0% chance of development in the next five days and a 0% chance in the next two days.

Related: What is a potential tropical cyclone?

Related: How to sign up for custom weather alerts in the WESH 2 News App

Related: Know your evacuation zone

Related: Breaking down the hurricane categories

KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED

  • Stay tuned to WESH 2 News, WESH.COM, or NOAA Weather Radio for storm updates.
  • Prepare to bring inside any lawn furniture, outdoor decorations or ornaments, trash cans, hanging plants, and anything else that can be picked up by the wind.
  • Understand hurricane forecast models and cones.
  • Prepare to cover all the windows of your home. If shutters have not been installed, use precut plywood.
  • Check batteries and stock up on canned food, first-aid supplies, drinking water, and medications.

The WESH 2 First Alert Storm Team recommends you have these items ready before the storm strikes.

  • Bottled water: One gallon of water per person per day
  • Canned food and soup, such as beans and chili
  • Can opener for the cans without the easy-open lids
  • Assemble a first-aid kit
  • Two weeks’ worth of prescription medications
  • Baby/children’s needs, such as formula and diapers
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery-operated weather radio

WHAT TO DO WHEN A HURRICANE WARNING IS ISSUED

  • Listen to the advice of local officials. If you are advised to evacuate, leave.
  • Complete preparation activities
  • If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors, away from windows.
  • Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can happen during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, in a closet or bathroom without windows.

HOW YOUR SMARTPHONE CAN HELP DURING A HURRICANE

Your smartphone can be your best friend in a hurricane — with the right websites and apps, you can turn it into a powerful tool for guiding you through a storm’s approach, arrival and aftermath.

Download the WESH 2 News app for iOS | Android

Enable emergency alerts — if you have an iPhone, select settings, then go into notifications. From there, look for government alerts and enable emergency alerts.

If you have an Android phone, from the home page of the app, scroll to the right along the bottom and click on “settings.” On the settings menu, click on “severe weather alerts.” From the menu, select from most severe, moderate-severe, or all alerts.

PET AND ANIMAL SAFETY

Your pet should be a part of your family plan. If you must evacuate, the most important thing you can do to protect your pets is to evacuate them too. Leaving pets behind, even if you try to create a safe space for them, could result in injury or death.

  • Contact hotels and motels outside of your immediate area to see if they take pets.
  • Ask friends, relatives and others outside of the affected area whether they could shelter your animal.

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