Hurricane Danielle becomes our first major Category 4 hurricane of the 2010 season with winds of 135 mph. We can see two more tropical systems on a similar trail just to to the Southwest of Danielle on the imagery above. Tropical storm Earl will soon become a hurricane as well as the yet identified tropical depression #8 near the Cape Verde Islands. A parade of Cape Verde type hurricanes are appearing this weekend in the Atlantic waters. They are are just about three to five days apart in formation. This weekend the storms to watch and track are Earl and the yet identified tropical depression #8 following just behind. The odds of three named hurricanes in the Atlantic are improving as the trailing systems strengthen.
Tropical storm Earl has winds of 45mph and with weak shear and warm waters ahead, it should be a hurricane this weekend. The storm will not follow in the same steps as Danielle however. The steering currents are changing as the East coast trough shifts East, a ridge may force Earl in a more Westerly direction towards the Bahamas or maybe the United States coast line next week.