The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Danny is likely to be formed into the season's second hurricane later in this week.

The eye of Tropical Storm Danny was located approximately 445 miles east of Nassau and 775 miles south to southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Currently, the Tropical Storm Danny is at 45 miles per hour. It is not a Category 1 hurricane which requires wind speeds of at 75 miles per hour.

Danny was expected to follow a northwesterly track through Thursday, staying north and east of the Bahamas.

The storm was then expected to turn north on Friday before curving to the northeast over the weekend, the forecaster said, on a similar path of last weekend's first hurricane of the 2009 season, Bill.

Danny previously was used to name a July 1997 hurricane that brought record rain fall for Alabama, at least 36.71 inches on Dauphin Island.

That storm was the only hurricane to make landfall in the United States during the 1997 Atlantic hurricane season.