Hurricane Danny strengthens into a major Cat 3 storm

MIAMI -- Hurricane Danny has strengthened into a Category 3 storm as it moves across the Atlantic far from land.

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The National Hurricane Center is calling Danny a "major hurricane."

The hurricane's maximum sustained winds Friday had increased to near 115 mph (185 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the hurricane is not expected to intensify, and a weakening trend is forecast to begin later Friday.

The hurricane is centered about 900 miles (1448 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands.

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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