The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which made its debut earlier this week, got its full billing on Friday.
Danielle is now the first hurricane of the season, with sustained winds of 75 mph and even stronger gusts, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. ET update.
Still, that doesn’t promise much drama, since Danielle is far offshore and won’t be landing for at least five days.
The storm is expected to “meander over the open Atlantic over the next two days,” before heading northeast early next week, the hurricane center said.
The hurricane center says Danielle will only become a Category 2 hurricane and remain nearly stationary through the weekend.
The hurricane center announced Thursday that Danielle had become a named storm in the North Atlantic, the first since July 3.
That means last month was the first August in 25 years without a single named storm in the Atlantic.
The last time the first hurricane of a season arrived this late was on September 11, 2013, with Hurricane Humberto.
The average date of the first hurricane of the season is August 11.
It was not until the third August since 1950 that the Atlantic experienced no named storm. And it’s the first time since 1941 that there has been no named storm in the Atlantic from July 3 to August 30, said Colorado State University researcher Phil Klotzbach.
“This remarkably calm Atlantic tropical cyclone period is expected to end soon,” Klotzbach said Wednesday.
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CNN’s Allison Chinchar and Judson Jones contributed to this report.