Thursday, August 27, 2009

Danny: 5 p.m. update

A tropical storm watch -- tropical storm-force winds possible within 36 hours -- is now in effect for the Outer Banks of North Carolina, from Cape Lookout to Duck.

Danny's winds, however, have diminished to maximum sustained of 50 mph. Tropical storm-force winds extend 205 miles from the center of circulation.

The storm has slowed to a snail's pace in forward speed. Danny is currently slothing westward at 2 mph. Forecasters still expect a turn to the northwest tonight along with an increase in forward speed. Come tomorrow, they're predicting a turn north and a faster forward speed.

Meanwhile, the wave we mentioned yesterday is starting to show some signs of organization. It sits 350 miles south-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands. There is a 30- to 50-percent chance of this becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.

-- News Editor Brent Conklin

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