Danny downgraded to a tropical storm

Author: Associated Press
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – Danny is now a tropical storm.

The former hurricane weakened on Saturday as it approached the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where it’s expected to bring little relief to residents of the drought-stricken region.

The storm is located 520 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. It’s traveling west at 14 mph.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says it expects Danny to be near the Leeward Islands by Sunday night or Monday morning, and reach the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico early Tuesday.

Meteorologists say it’s too early to predict how much rainfall Danny would generate over Puerto Rico, which has implemented extreme water-rationing measures since May as it struggles with one of the worst droughts in its history.

Danny had been expected to hit Puerto Rico’s southeast coast, but forecasters say the storm instead is likely to glance the island’s northeast region and drop the heaviest rains over open waters north of the U.S. territory.

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