SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Danny to strengthen into a hurricane by Friday. That's what we're hearing from our meteorologists in the WLOX 24/7 Weather center, and from the National Hurricane Center.
Danny is the fourth named storm of the 2015 Hurricane Season. It's continuing to strengthen as it moves to the west. It is still deep in the Atlantic Basin. It is not forecast to be to the Leeward Islands within the next five days.
Development history: Sunday, the National Hurricane Center names the area of disturbed weather 96L. Tuesday morning, 96L is upgraded to Tropical Depression Four. Just before 4:00 Tuesday afternoon, the storm was upgraded and named by the National Hurricane Center, becoming Tropical Storm Danny.
The topical storm is forecast to continue to intensify into a hurricane, eventually becoming a category one storm just east of the Caribbean Sea, but then become a tropical storm again as it enters into the Caribbean Sea.
While the storm is intensifying quickly, it still has a long way to go and a lot of obstacles to overcome before it can be considered an issue for South Mississippi.
The storm is forecast to move toward the Caribbean Sea, which puts it in an area that isn't favorable for tropical development. That area includes fairly good wind shear, dry air, and now with the new track the Greater Antilles islands, which are all bad news for the storm but good news for us. This and the interaction with the islands would cause the storm to weaken in the Caribbean Sea.
With the storm still so far away and many obstacles to overcome, we still don't consider it a threat for South Mississippi, but we will continue to keep a close eye on it as it continues gaining strength in the Atlantic Ocean.