A low-pressure trough to the west has provided wind shear and dry air to keep Tropical Storm Danny at minimal strength. Air Force Reserve reconnaissance this afternoon indicates the storm's maximum winds remain at 40 mph with some higher gusts. After stalling earlier in the day, Danny was moving north at 6 mph from a position about 330 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina as of 5 pm.
A more north-northeasterly track and increase in forward speed is likely to take the storm east of the Outer Banks early Saturday and offshore of New England Saturday night, then near the Canadian Maritimes on Sunday. Some slight strengthening is possible in the next 24 hours, but the storm will be moving into an area of unfavorable conditions for development, and it is expected to lose its tropical characteristics within 36 hours.
Rainfall in excess of 80 mm is expected in portions of the Maritimes.
Image (click to enlarge): Tropical Storm Danny forecast track from National Hurricane Center; Rainfall forecast from The Weather Network
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