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Danny strengthens into Category 3 hurricane

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Hurricane Danny has strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane, making it the first major Atlantic storm of the 2015 hurricane season.

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds Friday morning had increased to near 115 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some additional strengthening is possible but Danny should weaken during the weekend.

The hurricane is centered about 900 miles east of the Leeward Islands and is moving west-northwest near 10 mph.

Danny is a tiny hurricane with hurricane force winds only extending outward up to 15 miles (24 kilometers) from its center.

Hurricane Danny doesn't currently pose a threat to land but the Hurricane Center says those in the Leeward Islands should monitor its progress.

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