WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Tropical Storm Danny has the potential to become the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, according to reports.
The system became a tropical depression Tuesday morning and could become a hurricane on or before Thursday as it continues to move through favorable atmospheric conditions in the short term, accuweather.com said.
Danny is moving toward the west-northwest at 14 mph and this general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph with higher gusts, and Danny is expected to become a hurricane by Thursday.
The exact track of the system beyond several days is questionable at this point, accuweather.com said. Should the system ramp up quickly to a hurricane, then a jog to the northwest would be more likely.
If the system becomes a hurricane, it would be the first of the 2015 Atlantic season. Danny, follows Ana, Bill and Claudette from earlier this season. None of the first three storms reached hurricane status.
AccuWeather is forecasting eight tropical storms, four hurricanes and one major hurricane for the 2015 season with two to three landfalls in the United States. Ana and Bill made landfall in the United States in May and June, respectively.
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