August 26th, 2010

Update: Hurricane Danielle

Posted at 3:52 PM ET

danielle3-smallDanielle, the second hurricane of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, has strengthened today. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the storm is currently located approximately 630 miles (1,015 kilometers) northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands and 770 miles (1,235 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda. Danielle packs sustained winds of around 105 mph (165 kmph) and is currently traveling in a north-westerly direction. Danielle is expected to continue in this direction while experiencing a gradual decrease in forward speed over the next couple of days. The NHC predicts Danielle will strengthen somewhat in the next 24-36 hours, and could become a major hurricane during this time. The NHC reports hurricane-force winds extending 40 miles (65 kilometers) from the center of the storm and tropical storm-force winds extending 175 miles (280 kilometers).


The NHC is forecasting Danielle to track east of Bermuda on August 29th, although a westerly shift could increase the risk of a direct hit on the islands. The Bermuda Weather Service warned of large swells causing dangerous surf conditions beginning tomorrow evening. Danielle is expected to be about 185 miles (298 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda at noon on Saturday. An increase in its sustained winds would make Danielle the season’s strongest hurricane, surpassing Hurricane Alex when it struck Mexico on June 30. danielle3-big

Hazard data illustrated in the CAT-i map was taken from i-aXs®, Guy Carpenter’s web-based risk management platform. i-aXs users can view impacted areas on any map as well as see how their portfolios were affected. Please contact your broker or Instrat® representative for assistance or go to www.i-axs.info for further information.

 

Guy Carpenter will continue to closely monitor Danielle’s progress.

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Hazard data illustrated in the CAT-i map was taken from i-aXs®, Guy Carpenter’s web-based risk management platform. i-aXs users can view impacted areas on any map as well as see how their portfolios were affected. Please contact your broker or Instrat® representative for assistance or go to www.i-axs.info for further information.

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