Hurricane Danielle plowed across the Atlantic on Saturday with top sustained winds of 80 mph and was not expected to threaten the Bahamas or the mainland United States.
High waves were likely along the southern Atlantic Coast during the weekend, and a surf advisory was expected to be posted sometime late Sunday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said.At late Saturday, Daniel was centered about 200 miles east-northeast of San Salvador island in the Bahamas, moving northeast at 14 mph. But it was expected to turn toward the north Sunday.
If it makes that turn, it will miss the U.S. coast entirely, said Michelle Huber, a meteorologist at the hurricane center.
Although following a course similar to the one taken by Hurricane Bonnie, Danielle was farther out to sea, forecasters said.
Bonnie, now a tropical storm, headed into the north Atlantic Saturday. Life was slowly returning to normal along Carolina and Virginia beaches, where the hurricane damaged oceanfront homes and caused some flooding but no major destruction after making landfall in North Carolina Wednesday.
"We definitely dodged the bullet on Bonnie, and that's the third bullet we've dodged in two years," South Carolina emergency spokesman Joe Farber said, referring to 1996 hurricanes Bertha and Fran. "What we're hoping for now is to dodge that fourth bullet," he said.