Hurricane Danielle is continuing on toward Bermuda, according to a US National Hurricane Center (NHC) advisory issued on Thursday at 5 p.m. EDT.
Danielle, which was downgraded yesterday but picked up strength again today, has maximum sustained winds now at 110 miles per hour.
As of Thursday night, Hurricane Danielle is located at about 680 miles southeast of Bermuda. If winds reach 111 miles per hour, Danielle will be considered a major Category 3 storm.
Hurricane Danielle has already strengthened to become the strongest storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season.
“A general motion toward the northwest is expected tonight and Friday … with a gradual turn toward the north expected Friday night and Saturday,” the advisory read. “Satellite imagery indicates that Danielle has developed a well-defined eye … and it is expected to become a major hurricane tonight or Friday."
The center is forecasting that Danielle will pass east of Bermuda on Aug. 29. "Interests in Bermuda should monitor the progress of Danielle," the center noted.
The Bermuda Weather Service issued a small craft warning from Friday evening through Saturday night.
A Category 2 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale has extremely dangerous winds that cause extensive damage. A Category 3 storm can lead to devastating damage.
Several weeks ago, the NHC said the 2010 hurricane season will have a 90 percent chance of above-average hurricanes. Their report said that there will be eight to 12 hurricanes, and four to six major—Category 3 or above—storms.
Hurricane Katrina was a maximum Category 5 storm on the scale.