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Tropical Storm Danny may affect eastern Long Island on Saturday


Tropical Storm Danny/AP Photo

Tropical Storm Danny has formed to the east of the Bahamas in the Atlantic Ocean. The center is about 445 miles east of Nassau (Bahamas) and 775 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It is moving toward the west-nortwest at 18 miles per hour.

Maximum sustained winds are 45 miles per hour, with higher gusts. Strengthening over the next few days is possible. All this is according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Danny is expected to be near Cape Hatteras Saturday morning and to travel up the eastern seaboard to the gulf of Maine by Sunday morning. Forecasters are not sure whether it will take an offshore track, or if it will begin tracking toward the coast.

Waves from Hurricane Bill/ AP Photo by Tim Krochak, the Canadian Press

"Possible tropical storm conditions" are in the local forecast for the Hamptons and the entire East End on Saturday, according to NOAA and the National Weather Service.

In tropical storm conditions, people should secure all outdoor furniture or bring it inside. Things like hanging plants, bird feeders and wind chimes should be taken down. Wind gusts of 45 miles per hour and greater can cause limbs of trees to come down as well.

People can tune into WLNG, 92.1 FM to get tropical storm updates for the East End.