Danielle Weakens to Tropical Storm Over Atlantic


A false color satellite image provided by NOAA, shows Hurricane Danielle at right at 6:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday Aug. 24, 2010. Hurricane Danille, about 1110 miles (1790 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles, has strengthened to a category 2 storm (AP).

MIAMI -- Danielle has weakened to a tropical storm far from land over the Atlantic, but forecasters say it could become a hurricane again in the next couple of days.

The hurricane reached Category 2 strength earlier Tuesday, but gradually lost punch throughout the day. Its maximum sustained winds were near 70 mph in the late afternoon.

Danielle is located about 895 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest near 18 mph.

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 70 mph. The storm is located about 150 miles southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico, and is moving west-northwest.