Hurricane Danielle Gains Strength - NBC 6 South Florida

Hurricane Danielle Gains Strength

Danielle reaches Category 4, TS Earl still moving west



    Hurricane Danielle Gains Strength
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    IN SPACE, ATLANTIC OCEAN - AUGUST 24: In this handout satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Danielle is seen as it reaches hurricane status and is rated a category 2 moving west-northwest near 18 mph August 24, 2010 in the Atlantic Ocean as seen from space. Since this image was made Danielle has weakened to a Tropical Storm but it is expected to only be temporary. Forecasters say that Danielle had a maximum sustained winds of 100 mph. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

    Hurricane Danielle became a Category 4 storm early Friday far out over the Atlantic as it headed in Bermuda's direction and threatened to bring dangerous rip currents to the U.S. East Coast.

    Danielle's maximum sustained winds increased to near 135 mph (215 kph) with some additional strengthening possible.

    Danielle was located early Friday about 545 miles (875 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda and moving north-northwest near 12 mph (19 kph). The hurricane is forecast to pass well east of Bermuda on Saturday night. But large waves and dangerous surf conditions were expected in Bermuda over the next few days, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

    Swells from Danielle would also begin arriving on the East Coast of the U.S. on Saturday and were likely to cause dangerous rip currents through the weekend.

    Also in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Earl was moving west with maximum sustained winds near 45 mph (75 kph). Forecasters said Earl could become a hurricane by Saturday night.