MIAMI, Fla.–Hurricane Danny officially became a hurricane Thursday, with winds at about 75 mph, just at the minimum level to be a hurricane. And it’s still a long way from the U.S. mainland. But, it’s a good time to make sure that you’re prepared.
“At this point all the folks on the mainland need to be doing is just checking back every day or two and see what’s going on with Danny,” said Dennis Feltgen, with the National Hurricane Center.
The storm may be more than a week away, but it could get stronger before possibly heading into the Gulf.
“It may not be done yet. Some additional strengthening during the next 48 hours is forecast,” said Feltgen.
Danny is also a very small storm, at this point.
“To put things into perspective, you would need several hundred of these to make up the size equivalency of Hurricane Sandy,” said meteorologist Scott Williams. He said hurricane force winds only extend out 10 miles from the center of the storm.
Williams said one reason the storm may actually stay a category 1 is because it will run into some dry air as it moves closer to the U.S.
News Mississippi will watch any storm that has the potential to affect Mississippi.
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