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At 11:00 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time (AST) on August 26, 2010, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Danielle was a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 miles (165 kilometers) per hour. Danielle was located roughly 630 miles (1,015 kilometers) northeast of the Northern Leeward Islands, and roughly 770 miles (1,235 kilometers) southeast of Bermuda. Moving toward the northwest, the storm had the potential to become a major hurricane by late August 26 or early August 27.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of Hurricane Danielle at 12:50 AST (16:50 UTC) on August 26, 2010. Looking like a giant comma turned on its side, Danielle sported a distinct eye. The storm’s longest spiral arms stretched toward the northeast.
Despite its strength, which was forecast to increase over the next 24 to 36 hours, Danielle did not pose any hazards to land as of 11:00 a.m. August 26, 2010, the NHC reported.
Danielle formed as a tropical depression over the Atlantic Ocean on August 22, 2010, and strengthened to a tropical storm the next day. On August 27, Danielle strengthened into a major hurricane. By August 29, the hurricane was back to category one and losing energy in the North Atlantic.