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Tropical Storm Danny forms in Atlantic

The 2009 season's fourth storm formed today in the Atlantic Ocean as a hurricane hunter aircraft found winds of about 45 mph. Tropical Storm Danny is about 470 miles east of the Bahamas and skipped straight from a tropical wave to a tropical storm.</p><p />
/ Source: wfla.com

The 2009 season's fourth storm formed today in the Atlantic Ocean as a hurricane hunter aircraft found winds of about 45 mph.

Tropical Storm Danny is about 470 miles east of the Bahamas and skipped straight from a tropical wave to a tropical storm.

Most of those models also have the storm reaching hurricane strength around Sunday, though all project it staying below Category 2 strength.

It is heading to the west-northwest at about 18 mph, the National Hurricane Center says.

None of the track models have the system threatening Florida, but folks farther north on the East Coast may need to pay attention.

The track models are fairly well clustered and generally predict the storm will pass north of the Bahamas and curve toward Bermuda, similar to the path taken by Hurricane Bill, although the model tracks take the storm closer to the United States coast than Bill.

Some of the models have the storm going near the Carolinas or Virginia, but most show it heading toward the Canadian Maritimes by the end of the weekend.