Hurricane Danielle weakens in the Atlantic

Published 5:58 pm Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hurricane Danielle has weakened unexpectedly as it churns far out over the Atlantic.

The hurricane reached Category 2 strength earlier Tuesday but has now dropped to a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds near 80 mph. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says it could regain strength over the next two days.

Danielle is located about 985 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest near 20 mph.

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Meanwhile in the Pacific, Tropical Storm Frank has strengthened as is moves slowly away from Mexico. Frank’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 65 mph. The storm is located about 145 miles southwest of Acapulco, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest.