Hurricane Danny strengthens into Category 3 storm

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, at 12:45 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Danny several hundred miles east of the Lesser Antilles. Danny currently has sustained winds of 80 miles an hour and may impact the Islands in a few days. Typical summertime thunderstorms can be expected over Cuba and Hispaniola. Predominately quiet weather is in control over the rest of the Caribbean. (Weather Underground via AP)

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Danny has strengthened into a Category 3 storm as it moves across the Atlantic far from land.

The hurricane’s maximum sustained winds Friday had increased to near 115 mph (185 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the hurricane is not expected to intensify, and a weakening trend is forecast to begin later Friday.

The hurricane is centered about 900 miles (1448 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands.

Hurricane Danny doesn’t currently pose a threat to land but the hurricane center says those in the Leeward Islands should monitor its progress.

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