MIAMI — Forecasters say it’s still too early to tell whether Danny, the first hurricane of 2015, will have any impact on North Carolina.
”It will be about eight to 10 days before we have to worry about it, if at all,” said Dave Loewenthal, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
According to a Weather Service advisory issued early this morning, the hurricane’s maximum sustained winds had increased to near 85 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some additional strengthening is possible but that Danny should start weakening on Saturday.
The hurricane is centered about 985 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and is moving west-northwest near 10 mph. Loewenthal said the storm is expected to continue that westward trajectory, headed towards Cuba over the next four or five days.
Hurricane Danny doesn’t currently pose a threat to land but the Hurricane Center says those in the Leeward Islands should monitor its progress.
According to the advisory, Danny is “a tiny hurricane” with hurricane force winds only extending outward up to 10 miles from its center.
“It’s a little guy, but packing some pretty good winds at this point,” Loewenthal said.
With the exception of showers forecast for this afternoon, Robeson County should be dry through the weekend.
The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 89 on Saturday, and mostly sunny skies with a high of 92 on Sunday.
Loewenthal said thunderstorms in Robeson County’s forecast for next week are unrelated to the storm.
There is a 30 to 40 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Tuesday through Thursday.