Today's Discussion POSTED: August 16, 2004 11:25 a.m.
HURRICANE DANIELLE AND TROPICAL STORM EARL CONTINUE TO MOVE THROUGH THE ATLANTIC BASIN
As of 11 am EDT, Hurricane Danielle was centered near 18.2 north and 37.7 west, or about 915 miles west northwest of the Cape Verde Islands. The storm was headed northwest at 17 mph with sustained winds of 105 mph. Low pressure in the mid-levels of the atmosphere will continue to steer Danielle to the northwest and eventually north over the next day or two, keeping the storm in the central Atlantic, far from land.
Meanwhile, "Earl" is now an open wave and is located near 13.2 north and 71 west. Movement was to the west-northwest at 25 mph with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. The storm was still too close to the South American coast to strengthen much, and little change will occur through Monday. Once the storm moves into the more open parts of the Caribbean, it will probably pick up steam and perhaps become a hurricane before making landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula Thursday. A reconnaissance mission is scheduled for Tuesday.
There is one other tropical system in the Atlantic basin; a tropical wave is located along 78 west, south of 19 north. Movement was west at 20-25 knots.