Weakening Tropical Storm Danny churns toward Leeward Islands

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Weaken Tropical Storm Danny Moves Towards Islands

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tropical Storm Danny weakened Sunday and was poised to bring winds and rainfall to parts of the Caribbean.

Sunday evening, the center of the storm was located about 165 miles (270 kilometers) east-southeast of Guadeloupe. It was moving toward the west near 16 mph (26 kph). The National Hurricane Center in Miami said it would move to west-northwest through Tuesday.

Danny was expected to move near or over portions of the Leeward Islands late Sunday or early Monday.

Maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 kph) with higher gusts. The storm was expected to lose strength.

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Weakening Tropical Storm Danny churns toward Leeward Islands
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Hurricane Danny continued to churn west-northwest in the central Atlantic Thursday (Aug. 20) night, and was expected to weaken Saturday. (Photo via NOAA)

Satellite imagery of Hurricane Danny on Aug. 21. (Photo via NOAA)

IN SPACE - AUGUST 20: In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Danny is seen August 20. 2015 north of the coast of Venezuela. Danny is the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season and is forecast to make landfall at the Lesser Antilles early next week. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
Tropical Storm Danny, the fourth storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, continues to track eastward. Gradual intensification is expected over the next couple of days depending on how much dry air associated with the Saharan Air Layer is entrained by the storm. This image was taken by GOES East at 1745Z on August 19, 2015. (Photo via NOAA)
Tropical Storm Danny on Aug. 19. (Photo via NOAA)
This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 at 12:45 PM EDT shows a weak tropical wave just to the east of the Lesser Antilles with showers and thunderstorms. Further east, Tropical Storm Danny moves westward with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and is expected to strengthen into a Hurricane. (Weather Underground via AP)
Tropical Storm Danny, the fourth storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, continues to track eastward. Gradual intensification is expected over the next couple of days depending on how much dry air associated with the Saharan Air Layer is entrained by the storm. This image was taken by GOES East at 1745Z on August 19, 2015.
IN SPACE - AUGUST 20: In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Danny is seen August 20. 2015 north of the coast of Venezuela. Danny is the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season and is forecast to make landfall at the Lesser Antilles early next week. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 20: Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks Hurricane Danny on computer screens as it becomes the first of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season on August 20, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The storm is too far away from land to know where it may hit, but tracking suggests it could reach the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico early next week. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 20: Stacy Stewart, Senior Hurricane Specialist at the National Hurricane Center, tracks Hurricane Danny on computer screens as it becomes the first of the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season on August 20, 2015 in Miami, Florida. The storm is too far away from land to know where it may hit, but tracking suggests it could reach the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico early next week. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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The hurricane center said tropical-storm-force winds were expected to affect Guadeloupe and nearby islands through late Sunday. Danny was forecast to produce 2 inches to 4 inches of rain over the Leeward Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through Tuesday.

Forecasters said the storm would become a tropical depression before reaching Puerto Rico, bringing little relief to the drought-stricken U.S. territory.

Nearly 25 percent of Puerto Rico is considered to be in an extreme drought, and another 45 percent is under a severe one, according to The National Drought Mitigation Center. A total of 2.9 million people in Puerto Rico have been affected, and U.S. officials have declared at least 20 of the island's 78 municipalities as disaster zones.

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp said officials had opened shelters as a precaution.

The approaching storm forced Antigua-based airline LIAT to cancel nearly 40 flights from Sunday to Tuesday, and officials with regional carrier Seaborne Airlines also warned of delays and cancelations. Several cruise ships scheduled to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands have canceled or delayed their trips.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla. A tropical storm watch was in effect for Saba and St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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