Hurricane Danielle, after spending most of the day as a tropical storm, saw its maximum sustained winds intensify back to 75 mph late Saturday night.
Danielle is almost 1,000 miles away from any land in the northern Atlantic Ocean and inching westward at 2 mph.
As of the National Hurricane Center’s 11 p.m. advisory on Saturday, the other recently named storm, Tropical Storm Earl, was located about 90 miles northeast of St. Thomas, moving west-northwest at 10 mph with its winds maintaining their 50 mph maximum.
The forecast has Earl, like Danielle, eventually turning north and then northwest and heading far away from land.
Earl’s tropical storm-force winds extend out up to 105 miles.
The storm is moving west-northwest at almost 10 mph.
Parts of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico can expect heavy rainfall and gusty winds over the next few days regardless of the system’s development.
Hurricane Danielle still has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Its hurricane-force winds stretch 15 miles from its center, while tropical-storm-force winds extend out 125 miles. As of 11 p.m. Saturday, Danielle was located about 985 miles west of the Azores as it drifts over the Atlantic.
Danielle and Earl are the first named storms to form in the Atlantic since early July, when Tropical Storm Colin formed offshore of the Carolinas. This comes after a quiet August with no named storms, something that happened for only the third time since 1961.
The 2020 hurricane season set a record with 30 named systems, while 2021′s season was the third most active with 21 named systems. An average year calls for 14 named storms.
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The next named storm to form will be Fiona.
There have been three other named storms so far this season — Alex, Bonnie and Colin — with the last one, Colin, dissipating on July 3, meaning this 60-day streak is the second-longest time in Atlantic hurricane season history without a named storm since 1995.
Only Alex made its presence known in South Florida by dumping as much as 12 inches of rain in some areas.
“It looks like September could really kick off an active period in the tropics. A steady wave train of energy rolling off Africa into the tropical Atlantic is expected to keep things active for a while across the Atlantic basin,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Brandon Buckingham.
The most active part of hurricane season is from mid-August to the end of October, with Sept. 10 the statistical peak of the season.
Forecasters say dry air, Saharan dust and wind shear have been among the reasons there haven’t been more storms this year.
Hurricane season ends Nov. 30.