Hurricane Danny may be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it reaches the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands, but that doesn’t mean the region isn’t battening down the hatches, the Associated Press reported.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Category 1 storm was 635 miles east of the Leewards, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and moving west-northwest at 12 mph.
According to the AP, The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami expects Danny to make a westerly turn later Saturday and continue to weaken, potentially being downgraded to a tropical storm before it reaches land.
Danny’s approach is impacting regional flights. According to the AP, LIAT, which calls Antigua home, canceled almost 40 flights from Sunday to Tuesday. Caribbean mainstay Seaborne Airlines also alerted fliers to the potential of delays and cancellations, tweeting a link to their homepage that has a detailed list of canceled flights.
The AP is also reporting that several cruise ships slated to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands have canceled or delayed the trips due to the hurricane.