Eye on the Tropics: Earl expected to curve, Danielle regains hurricane strength

11 p.m. update

ORLANDO, Fla. — The track for Tropical Storm Earl stays North of Puerto Rico but close enough to generate some heavy rains over parts of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

Danielle has regained hurricane strength.

Earlier report

And just like that, two tropical storms are in the Atlantic Basin, but neither is threatening Florida at this point.


The first system, Danielle, was the first of the season to gain hurricane strength.

While Danielle has weakened back to a tropical storm, meteorologist George Waldenberger said it will likely strengthen back into a hurricane.

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Waldenberger said it’s not of much concern to us in Florida because it’s over 2,000 miles to the northeast and moving farther away.

The closer system, Tropical Storm Earl, is roughly 1,000 miles southeast and has been strengthening northeast of Puerto Rico.

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Earl is forecast to track north of Puerto Rico over the next one to two days, then recurve back out to sea while staying well to the east of Florida.

However, wave energy from this distant system may bring wave heights up at our beaches later next week.

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