Hurricane Danielle Back to Category 3

By Helena Zhu
Helena Zhu
Helena Zhu
August 28, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

HURRICANE DANIELLE: A five-day forecast cone of Hurricane Danielle (NOAA)
HURRICANE DANIELLE: A five-day forecast cone of Hurricane Danielle (NOAA)
Hurricane Danielle has just weakened a little, with its maximum sustained winds slowing down from 135 to 120 mph by 2 a.m. Saturday.

Danielle, now a Category 3 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, has weakened from its Category 4 status on Friday. Danielle is expected to further weaken.

Currently at about 345 miles southeast of Bermuda, the hurricane is moving almost 10 mph north-northwest, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory.

The center is expecting Danielle to turn northward later on Saturday, and turn northeastward Saturday night and Sunday. Following its forecast track, the hurricane is expected to pass well to the east of Bermuda later Saturday and Sunday.

Nevertheless, tropical storm-force winds may spread over Bermuda. The islands are predicted to experience a few days of large waves and dangerous surf conditions.

“Winds and waves will continue increasing overnight as Danielle continues to move north,” reads a Bermuda Weather Service forecast issued on Friday night. “Saturday will have strong winds, gale force gusts, occasional showers, some heavy, and a chance of thunder as Danielle passes approximately 200nm (230 miles) to our east. Large swells will develop, especially along South Shore. Conditions begin to ease on Sunday.”

Swells from Danielle will begin to hit the U.S. East Coast later Saturday.

Helena Zhu