Rough, Rainy Weekend In Sight

August 27, 2009|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,

Beachgoers along the Mid-Atlantic coast could face another weekend of rough surf and wet and breezy weather as Tropical Storm Danny takes a slow spin up the East Coast.

The poorly organized storm reached tropical storm force Wednesday morning in the Atlantic north of Puerto Rico and is forecast to become a minimal hurricane near the Carolina coast by Saturday morning. The storm's center was not expected to make landfall, but Danny could be off the Delmarva beaches by Saturday afternoon, forecasters said.

The fourth named storm of the season was packing top sustained winds Wednesday of 45 mph, with some slow strengthening expected in the next few days. The tropical storm-force winds extended 175 miles from the center. If its core winds reach 73 mph, Danny would become a Category 1 hurricane, the second of the season.

Last weekend, vacationers along the Maryland and Delaware beaches were warned of rip currents and rough surf whipped up by Hurricane Bill as that storm moved north between the Carolina capes and Bermuda. Two people - one in Florida and one in Maine - died in Bill's heavy surf.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Danny's center was reported 735 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, moving toward the west-northwest at 12 mph, with some further slowing expected.

Ocean City's forecast calls for wet and breezy weather for the weekend, with several inches of rain possible. Baltimore, too, can expect a rainy weekend as a storm system approaches from the west, forecasters said. That storm was expected to keep Danny off the coast.

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