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By Phil Helsel

A tropical depression in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Caribbean strengthened Tuesday to become the season’s fourth tropical storm, and it is expected to become a hurricane in two days, forecasters said.

Tropical Storm Danny was about 1,500 miles east of the Windward Islands at 11 p.m. ET Tuesday night and was moving west at around 14 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center said.

It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is expected to strengthen to a hurricane by Thursday, the Hurricane Center said.

The Weather Channel described the storm’s movement as slow, and predicted it could be a week before Danny approaches the eastern Caribbean Sea. There are no warnings or watches currently in effect on land, the Hurricane Center said.