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Hurricane Danielle gains strength in the Atlantic

Hurricane Danielle grew from a tropical storm into a Category 2 hurricane overnight, with sustained winds of more than 100 p.m.h. according the the National Hurricane Center. Hurricane Danielle was 1,110 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, moving toward Bermuda.

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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 1,110 miles east of the Lesser Antilles, has strengthened to a category 2 storm.


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**UPDATE: Hurricane Danielle has weakened as of 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.***

Hurricane Danielle strengthened over the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday but posed no threat to land or energy interests, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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Danielle was 1,110 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and was moving west at 20 miles per hour toward Bermuda.

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It carried top sustained winds of 100 miles per hour making it a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson intensity scale.

Danielle was forecast to become a "major" hurricane by early Wednesday when its winds were expected to reach at least 111 miles per hour.

But computer models showed Danielle curving to the northwest on a path that would keep it over open seas without threatening land.