Hurricane Lee unleashes heavy swell on northern Caribbean


Final week, Lee strengthened from a Class 1 storm to a Class 5 storm in simply at some point.

This satellite tv for pc picture offered by the Nationwide Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration exhibits Hurricane Lee, proper, within the Atlantic Ocean on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, at 4:50 p.m. EDT. (NOAA through AP) AP

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Lee barreled Sunday via open waters simply northeast of the Caribbean, unleashing heavy swell on a number of islands.

The Class 2 storm isn’t forecast to make landfall and is predicted to remain over open waters via Friday. On Sunday morning, it was centered about 280 miles (450 kilometers) northeast of the northern Leeward Islands. Its most sustained winds had decreased to 105 mph (165 kph) and it was transferring west-northwest at 9 mph (15 kph)

Final week, Lee strengthened from a Class 1 storm to a Class 5 storm in simply at some point.

“We had the perfection circumstances for a hurricane: heat waters and hardly any wind shear,” stated Lee Ingles, a forecaster with the Nationwide Climate Service in San Juan.

Lee is predicted to regain some power in upcoming days and can then weaken once more, in line with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart.

Breaking waves of as much as 20 ft (6 meters) have been forecast for Puerto Rico and close by islands beginning early this week, with authorities warning individuals to remain out of the water. Coastal flooding additionally was anticipated for some areas alongside Puerto Rico’s north coast and the japanese portion of St. Croix within the U.S. Virgin Islands, in line with the Nationwide Climate Service in San Juan.

The Nationwide Hurricane Heart famous that harmful surf and rip currents have been anticipated to hit many of the U.S. East Coast beginning Sunday, however that the hurricane’s influence past that’s nonetheless unclear.

“It’s means too quickly to know what stage of impacts, if any, Lee might need alongside the U.S. East Coast, Atlantic Canada, or Bermuda … particularly because the hurricane is predicted to decelerate significantly over the southwestern Atlantic.” the middle stated.

Lee was forecast to take a northward flip by Wednesday. Nevertheless, its path after that remained unclear.

Lee is the twelfth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 and peaked on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Margot grew to become the thirteenth named storm after forming Thursday night, however was far out within the Atlantic and posed no menace to land. It was positioned about 1,100 miles (1,770 kilometers) west-northwest of the Cabo Verde Islands on Sunday. Its winds had risen to 50 mph (85 kph) and it was forecast to strengthen right into a hurricane early subsequent week. It was transferring northwest at 8 mph (13 kph).

The Nationwide Ocean and Atmospheric Administration in August forecast between 14 and 21 named storms this season. Six to 11 of them are anticipated to change into hurricanes, and of these, two to 5 may become main hurricanes.

Within the Pacific, Jova weakened to a tropical storm because it whirled over open waters removed from Mexico’s southwest coast and posed no menace to land.

It was about 1,080 miles (1,735 kilometers) west of the southern tip of Baja California on Sunday and transferring northwest at 8 mph (13 kph) with winds as much as 45 mph (75 kph).