August 24th, 2010
11:13 PM ET

Danielle regains hurricane status in Atlantic

Once a sputtering tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean, the weather system known as Danielle is back with a vengeance.

Danielle became a hurricane late Tuesday night, with maximum sustained winds of about 75 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The category 1 hurricane regained strength after being downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm earlier in the day.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Danielle was about 795 miles east of the Leeward Islands, which run between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It was headed west-northwest at about 18 mph, "but is expected to slow down and turn toward the northwest during the next couple of days," the hurricane center said.

The hurricane's strength is not expected to change significantly on Wednesday, according to the center, but some strengthening is possible by Thursday.

No coastal warnings or watches are in effect.

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