By PDC’s Senior Weather
Specialist Glenn James
CURRENT TROPICAL CYCLONES:
Tropical Cyclone 05L (Danielle) is located about 985 miles west of the Azores
Tropical Cyclone 06L (Earl) is located about 90 miles northeast of St. Thomas
Tropical Cyclone 05L (Danielle)
ONCE AGAIN DANIELLE BECOMES A HURRICANE
Danielle is drifting toward the west near 2 mph (4 km/h), and this general motion is expected through early Sunday. A turn to the north-northeast is forecast to begin late Sunday night, or early Monday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Additional gradual strengthening is expected through Monday.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles (30 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km).
Tropical Cyclone Earl
HEAVY RAINS FROM EARL COULD CAUSE SOME FLOODING IMPACTS IN PUERTO RICO, THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, AND THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS THROUGH SUNDAY
Earl is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue overnight. A decrease in forward speed and a gradual turn toward the northwest and then north is forecast to begin on Sunday and continue through Tuesday.
On the forecast track, the center of Earl is expected to pass to the north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight and on Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) mainly to the north and east of the center.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
RAINFALL: Earl is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches, with isolated totals of 6 inches, across the Leeward Islands, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico this weekend.
Limited flash, urban, and small stream flooding impacts are possible. Rapid rises on rivers and mudslides in areas of steep terrain are also possible, especially across the central interior region of Puerto Rico.
WIND: Gusty winds, especially in squalls, are possible across the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico through Sunday.