Atlantic storm Danielle to become hurricane

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Danielle in the central Atlantic Ocean was expected to strengthen into a hurricane in the next 24 hours as it moved west-northwest toward Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an early Monday advisory.

Danielle, the fourth named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, was located about 850 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands with winds of about 60 miles per hour.

All of the computer weather models showed the system heading northwest toward Bermuda and not toward Florida or the key oil and gas producing areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

(Reporting by Joe Silha; Editing by John Picinich)