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Hurricane Danielle and Hurricane Frank


Hurricanes like this one could be in store this season. File photo.
Hurricanes like this one could be in store this season. File photo.

Lisa Varano, staff writer

August 25, 2010 — Forecasters are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Danielle in the Atlantic, and Hurricane Frank in the Pacific.

Danielle: Forecast track for this week.
Danielle: Forecast track for this week.

HURRICANE DANIELLE

After weakening and strengthening dramatically on Tuesday, Hurricane Danielle is currently rated as a category one storm.

The system is far out at sea in the Atlantic.

On Danielle's current track, the hurricane will brush by Bermuda later this week. It may then charge up the east coast towards Newfoundland.

Danielle now has some company in the Atlantic Ocean. What was recently a tropical disturbance has now formed into Tropical Storm Earl. Earl is expected to gain hurricane status by Sunday.

Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, says that Atlantic hurricanes often end up affecting the weather in Atlantic Canada. “Their general pattern is into the Caribbean, up the east coast, and turning east towards Europe. That track brings them up the eastern seaboard,” she says.

They're usually not hurricanes or tropical storms by the time they get to Atlantic Canada. “They're just normal low pressure systems that contain the remnants of the rain,” Vettese says.

Frank swirls off the coast of Mexico
Frank swirls off the coast of Mexico

HURRICANE FRANK

While Danielle is nowhere near land in the Atlantic, hurricane Frank in the Pacific is not far from Mexico.

The Mexican government had issued tropical storm warnings and watches for popular tourist areas, but they were dropped as Frank moved away from the coast.

Check the flight tracker if you are planning to head to the area for a holiday.

Frank will be moving parallel to the coast of southwestern Mexico through Wednesday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, which is tracking the storms.

Parts of southcentral and southwestern Mexico may get five to 10 cm of rain over the next couple of days. Up to 20 cm of rain is possible over higher terrain. The rainfall could trigger life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

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

With files from Lyndsay Morrison

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