August 26th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Danielle and Earl churn through Atlantic Ocean

A hurricane and a tropical storm spun through the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday morning, and were expected to gain strength, but neither posed an immediate threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. update.

Hurricane Danielle, currently a Category 2 system with sustained winds of 105 mph, is expected to intensify and could become a "major" Category 3 hurricane later Thursday or Friday, the hurricane center said.

Category 2 hurricanes pack sustained winds of 96 to 100 mph. Category 3 hurricanes bear sustained winds of 111 to 130 mph.

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