Danny expected to stay off coast

Published 10:29 am Saturday, August 29, 2009

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

At 5 p.m. Friday, the NHC reported that the center of the storm was about 330 miles south of Cape Hatteras, N.C. moving north at about 6 mph. Danny was then expected to accelerate and turn to the northeast and be off the coast of southeastern New England by Saturday night.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph on Friday and had weakened considerably since Thursday, when it had sustained winds near 60 mph. However, some slight re-strengthening was possible on Friday evening, according to the NHC. Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 175 miles, mostly to the southeast of the storm’s center.

A tropical storm watch was issued for the North Carolina coast, from Cape Lookout northward to Duck, but not for the Virginia coast. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible, generally within 36 hours.

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.