Danny’s winds strengthened to 115 mph, making it a Category 3 hurricane as it spins toward the Caribbean, the National Hurricane Center said Friday.
The storm is “likely at is peak intensity” now, as it’s expected to weaken over the next couple of days.
The hurricane is a “major” hurricane, which is defined as any storm of Category 3, 4 or 5 strength. A crew aboard a “hurricane hunter” aircraft, which flew into the storm, confirmed the hurricane’s strength Friday afternoon.
As of 5 p.m. ET, Danny was located 860 miles east of the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands and was slowly moving to the west-northwest at 10 mph. On its current track, the storm will move across islands such as Guadeloupe, Montserrat, and Antigua and Barbuda by Monday.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Doyle Rice