MIAMI (AP) _ Hurricane Danielle plowed across the Atlantic on Saturday with top sustained winds of 80 mph, and was not expected to threaten the Bahamas or the mainland United States.

High waves were likely along the southern Atlantic Coast during the weekend, and a surf advisory was expected to be posted sometime late Sunday, forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said.

At late afternoon Saturday, Daniel was centered about 240 miles east-northeast of San Salvador island in the Bahamas, moving to the northeast at nearly 14 mph. But it was expected to turn toward the north during the weekend.

If it makes that turn, it will miss the U.S. coast entirely, said Michelle Huber, a meteorologist at the hurricane center.

Although following a course similar to the one taken by Hurricane Bonnie, Danielle was farther out to sea, forecasters said.

``We don't think it's a threat to the United States _ or any land _ at this time,'' said Miles Lawrence, a hurricane specialist at the center. ``We don't know precisely what any storm system will do, but that's how it looks now.''

That does not mean Danielle will pass unnoticed.

``Large swells propagating ahead of the storm could reach the southeastern United States coast sometime over the weekend,'' center research scientist James Free said. ``You could have some rip currents and large waves probably anywhere from 4 to 8 feet.''

Danielle is the fourth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30.