Update — Danny Begins to Weaken Slightly
All the predictions about Hurricane Danny's weakening seem to be coming true in real life. At one point, the storm had winds of 115 mph., but due to various factors, the system is beginning to degrade and has been reclassified as a Category 2 hurricane. Danny has more obstacles ahead of it.
The wind shear in the Atlantic combined with very dry air in Danny's path will gradually degrade the storm even more over the next few days and it's very possible that by the middle of next week that Danny will once again become just a low pressure system.
Danny, according to all predictions will pose no threat to the U.S. and certainly will not reach Southwest Louisiana. The hurricane is still 2,600 miles away from us and has a lot of detrimental wind shear and dry air to go through long before it reaches us.
Do keep in mind that, while Danny poses no threat to us, we are now in peak hurricane season and we'll keep an eye on the tropics for you.
As expected Hurricane Danny has weakened from earlier on Friday when it peaked out with winds of 115 mph. Hurricane Danny remains a small hurricane over the central Atlantic Ocean. Wind shear is already taking its toll on Danny and the road ahead is much worse. Not only will the wind shear increase but dry air will continue to plague Danny
Both of these factors will cause Danny to weaken and may ultimately may cause it to dissipate altogether by next week. Historically speaking, the eastern Caribbean Sea is not a hospitable place for tropical systems.
Danny faces more issues next week as it will be moving near or over some land masses. The biggest obstacle will be the island of Hispaniola with mountain peaks in excess of 10,000 feet. This will disrupt the circulation of Danny even if the storm does not directly hit the island. And with Danny expected to be battling shear and dry air the mountain may be the final nail in the coffin for Danny.
As of 10 p.m. Friday Danny was located at 14.8 N, 49. 8 W or about 800 miles east of the Lesser Antilles; this also puts it some 2600 miles away from Southwest Louisiana! Danny has sustained winds of 110 mph with higher gusts and a central air pressure of 977 mb or 28.85 inches of mercury. Danny is moving to the west-northwest at 10 mph and this motion is expected to continue through tonight.
Danny will likely turn more to the west by Saturday and the forward motion will likely increase as well.
It should be noted that some of the reliable computer models kill Danny off by early next week due to the shear and dry air.
No matter what Danny poses absolutely NO threat to Southwest Louisiana at this time; so go ahead and enjoy the upcoming weekend with no worries about the tropics.