National Hurricane Center forecasters said Tropical Storm Danny's inner core was more organized Wednesday than it was Tuesday, and there didn't seem to be anything obvious that would keep it from intensifying over the next few days.
They're keeping their eye on the situation in the Caribbean, however, where factors seemed less than favorable for Danny to strengthen — and a pressure ridge that would give the storm added westward speed would also keep it from growing.
In other words, the weaker Danny stays the faster it's likely to push west into the Caribbean; the stronger it gets, the more likely it is to move slowly and swing northward.
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At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Danny was about 1,325 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. The system was moving west at 10 mph. A westward to west-northwestward movement at slightly slower speed was expected during the next 48 hours.
Forecasts called for some strengthening over the next 48 hours, and Danny could reach hurricane strength as early as Friday. The five-day forecast showed Danny approaching the islands southeast of Puerto Rico as a hurricane Monday morning. It was still too early to tell what, if any, effect the storm will have on Florida.
The center's next update on Danny was planned for 11 a.m. Thursday.