Danny expected to stay off the coast

Published 3:40 pm Friday, August 28, 2009

Tropical Storm Danny is not expected to cause problems in the area. According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to pass near the coast of the Outer Banks of North Carolina overnight tonight or early Saturday morning.

At 2 p.m. Friday, the NHC reported that the center of the storm was about 355 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C. It was stationery but predicted to resume movement to the north-northwest later Friday. Danny was then expected to accelerate and turn to the northeast and be off the coast of New England by Saturday.

Some strengthening was possible on Friday, according to the NHC. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and had weakened considerably since Thursday, when it had sustained winds near 60 mph.

A tropical storm watch was issued for the North Carolina coast, from Cape Lookout northward to Duck, but not for the Virginia coast.

Early Friday morning, the National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region. “Locally moderate to heavy rainfall” was possible Friday afternoon and night.

According to the NWS, there is a chance of thunderstorms Saturday and Sunday.