Tracking the Tropics: Earl expected to become first major hurricane of the season, Danielle slowly strengthening

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Hurricane Danielle continues to meander in the northern Atlantic and Earl is expected to become a hurricane, but neither poses a threat to the U.S. 

Hurricane Danielle is nearly stationary, moving north at only 1 mph, but the system poses no threat to land. Danielle now has winds sustained at 80 mph. Once Danielle reaches cooler water in higher latitudes, the system is expected to weaken. 

Tropical Storm Earl poses no threat to the U.S., but is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain with isolated areas receiving up to 6 inches in Puerto Rico and the Leeward Islands. The system will move just to the north of Puerto Rico today bringing limited flash flooding to the island. 

Tropical Storm Earl is expected to make a turn to the north heading into Labor Day as high pressure to the east backs down. The northeast turn sets it to move away from the eastern United States this week. Earl poses no threat to Florida. 

The system is expected to become a hurricane toward the end of the week as it nears the Bahamas. This could become the strongest hurricane we’ve seen so far this Atlantic season. Earl is expected to become the first major hurricane of the season. 

Lastly, we are monitoring the eastern tropical Atlantic for a tropical wave expected to come off the coast of Africa in the coming days. This area has a low chance for development. 

The next name on the list is Fiona. Though no new storms are expected to form through Labor Day, we are less than a week out from the average peak of hurricane season

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