Hurricane Danny strengthens to Category 2: U.S. NHC

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Posted: Aug 21, 2015 11:05 AM

(Reuters) - Hurricane Danny has strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Friday.

Danny, the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, was about 930 miles (1,495 km) east of the Leeward Islands, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 kph), the NHC said.

"Danny is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 miles per hour (17 kph), and this motion is expected to continue through tonight," the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect, but interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of

Danny, the NHC added.

Hurricanes range in severity from Category 1 to catastrophic Category 5.

(Reporting by Koustav Samanta in Bengaluru; Editing by James Dalgleish)