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Hurricane Danielle picks up speed, strength as it moves north in open Atlantic

By Accuweather.com and UPI staff
Hurricane Danielle was increasing speed Wednesday as it moved over the open central north Atlantic Ocean. Photo courtesy NOAA
Hurricane Danielle was increasing speed Wednesday as it moved over the open central north Atlantic Ocean. Photo courtesy NOAA

Sept. 7 (UPI) -- After undergoing a slight drop in strength on Tuesday, Hurricane Danielle increased speed and wind power early Wednesday as it moved over the open central north Atlantic Ocean.

As of 3 a.m. GMT Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center forecast said Danielle was about 605 miles north-northwest of the Azores with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

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The NHC said Danielle was moving northeast at 17 mph, and will continue with this trajectory while further increasing in speed through Wednesday night before making a slow counterclockwise turn Thursday and Friday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles.

One day after becoming a tropical storm Thursday, the first in the basin since Colin in early July, Danielle strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane for a time over the North Atlantic Ocean. While Danielle fell back to tropical storm status for much of the day Saturday, it once again strengthened into a hurricane Saturday night.

Danielle is in the open Atlantic and poses no immediate land threat. It's the first Atlantic basin storm in more than a month; no named storms were formed in August.

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On Aug. 4, the National Weather Service said it still expects an above-normal 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

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