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2010 Hurricane season heats up

Hurricane Danielle as seen from above
Hurricane Danielle as seen from above

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

August 29, 2010 — Forecasters now have their hands full with two Atlantic hurricanes -- Danielle and Earl.

Danielle's forecast track
Danielle's forecast track

After a mainly quiet June, July and first half of August, hurricane forecasters are now keeping a close eye on two tropical systems in the Atlantic. The 2010 hurricane season is heating up! Here's a breakdown of what you need to know:


Hurricane Danielle has weakened to a Category 1 storm, which is the lowest rating on the Saffir-Simpson scale. It's spinning deeper into the open Atlantic far offshore. The storm was previously a Category 2 hurricane late Saturday before it lost strength. The National Hurricane Centre in Miami says it was hundreds of kilometres east of Bermuda, but the tropical storm watch for the island has since been dropped.

Danielle may have not touched land, but the storm kicked up dangerous rip currents along the American eastern seaboard. At least one surfer who was trying to ride the big waves has died in Florida, and dozens of surfers were rescued from the dangerous waters.

Here at home, Danielle will push south of Atlantic Canada by Monday. Currently, the storm is accelerating as a result of an upper level trough moving across the Atlantic Ocean. As indicated by satellite imagery, there is very dry air west of Danielle.

Although no direct public impact is expected, there is a chance of wave swells. The biggest swells are expected to hit the Southern Grand Banks in Newfoundland Sunday night and into Monday. There could also be a chance of rip currents and gale force northeasterly winds reaching the southern fringe of the Grand Banks on Monday.

Earl's forecast track
Earl's forecast track


Earl became a Category 1 hurricane on Sunday. A hurricane warning is in effect for several Caribbean islands.

On Wednesday, Earl had picked up enough steam to become the fifth-named storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season.

For the latest updates on the wind speed and direction of these storms, check our Tropical Storm Centre.

With files from Jill Colton, Lisa Varano and Andrea Stockton

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