Weakening Tropical Storm Danny nears Leeward Islands

This NOAA satellite image taken Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, at 12:45 a.m. EDT shows Tropical Storm Danny moving West at 15 mph towards the Lesser Antilles. Though Danny is quickly weakening as it is entering a region with high wind shear, it is continuing to produce winds at this time around 60 mph. A few thunderstorms have also developed along Central Cuba and Hispaniola due to some instability from an upper level trough. (Weather Underground via AP)

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tropical Storm Danny neared the Leeward Islands early Monday and was expected to weaken into a tropical depression.

The center of the storm was located about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-northeast of Dominica early Monday morning. It was moving toward the west near 9 mph (15 kph) with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (65 kph).

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Danny will move over the southern Leeward Islands on Monday and then into the northeastern Caribbean Sea. It said the weakening storm is expected to become a tropical depression on Monday and a “remnant low” on Monday night or Tuesday.

Danny is expected to drop 2 to 4 inches of rain over the Leeward Islands, the U.S. And British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico through Tuesday.

Forecasters said the storm would likely bring little relief to drought-stricken Puerto Rico.

Nearly 25 percent of Puerto Rico is considered to be in an extreme drought, and another 45 percent is under a severe one, according to The National Drought Mitigation Center. A total of 2.9 million people in Puerto Rico have been affected.

The approaching storm forced Antigua-based airline LIAT to cancel nearly 40 flights from Sunday to Tuesday, and officials with regional carrier Seaborne Airlines also warned of delays and cancelations. Several cruise ships scheduled to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands have canceled or delayed their trips.

 

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