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Tropical Storm Danny slowly moving west, but strengthening still expected

Storm could become first hurricane of 2015 Atlantic season


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – It's steady as she goes for Tropical Storm Danny.

The National Hurricane Center said Danny was traveling west at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph as of 5 a.m. Thursday. It was 1,200 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, which remains within the cone of error.

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"This system, believe it or not, hasn't actually strengthened," Local 10 News meteorologist Julie Durda said.

Danny formed Tuesday far from the United States in the Atlantic Ocean, but the storm hasn't strengthened as quickly as initially forecast.

The National Hurricane Center forecast initially called for the storm to strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane, but more recent forecasts keeps it as a Category 1 hurricane.

It's too early to tell if the storm will affect the U.S., but Puerto Rico is now within the cone.

"We need to watch it though, because there's a lot of uncertainty going into early next week of where this system's going to go," Durda said.

If Danny does strengthen, it would become the first Atlantic hurricane of 2015.

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