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Storm Lee strengthens to hurricane and is expected to become ‘extremely dangerous’: Live

Storm Lee strengthens to hurricane and is expected to become ‘extremely dangerous’: Live

Tropical Storm Lee strengthened to a hurricane on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to build into an “extremely dangerous” storm by early Friday, forecasters warned.

Hurricane Lee is about 965 miles (1,555km) east of the northern Leeward Islands, according to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center on Thursday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130kph).

Current projections show Hurricane Lee will not make landfall but pass north of the British Virgin Islands, which is still recovering from hurricanes Maria and Irma in September 2017.

Lee is the 12th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

In the Pacific, Jova strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane far off the southwest coast of Mexico and posed no threat to land. It was located some 600 miles south of Baja California and moving west-northwest at 13 mph with winds up to 105mph. It was expected to become a major hurricane by Wednesday night.

Key Points

  • Lee intensifies into a hurricane

  • Tropical storm Lee could become Category 5 'extremely dangerous' storm

  • Path of Tropical storm Lee: Where is the storm currently and where will it head?

  • Hurricane Lee spaghetti models show path storm could take

  • Will Tropical storm Lee make landfall in the Caribbean or the US?

Dangerous swells, rip currents expected

15:10 , Louise Boyle

Large swells are likely to reach portions of the Lesser Antilles on Friday, according to forecasters.

The Lesser Antilles are a long arc of small islands in the Caribbean Sea which extends from the British and US Virgin Islands to Grenada.

Map of the Caribbean with insert detail of the Lesser Antilles (Menno Hoogland/Creative Commons)
Map of the Caribbean with insert detail of the Lesser Antilles (Menno Hoogland/Creative Commons)

Watch: Hurricane Lee expected to be 'extremely dangerous'

14:45 , Louise Boyle

The latest report from the National Hurricane Center

14:19 , Louise Boyle

Hurricane Lee was rapidly strengthening on Thursday as it churned towards Caribbean islands with “life-threatening” conditions expected to develop in the coming days.

Hurricane Lee is about 965 miles (1555km) east of the northern Leeward Islands, according to the 5am (eastern time) report from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) with maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour (130 kph).

“Rapid intensification is expected to begin later today, and Lee is forecast to become a major hurricane by early Friday,” NHC reported.

Current projections show Hurricane Lee will not make landfall but pass north of the British Virgin Islands, which is still recovering from hurricanes Maria and Irma in September 2017.

‘Well above normal'

14:00 , Stuti Mishra

Record hot ocean temperatures and a tardy El Nino are doubling the chances of a nasty Atlantic hurricane season this summer and fall, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month.

With the Atlantic hurricane season already well above normal so far, NOAA increased how many storms to expect and how busy the season can get.

The agency says there’s a 60 per cent chance for an above normal hurricane season, twice the agency’s May forecast which said it was 30 per cent.

The earlier forecast leaned more toward a near normal season with a 40%, but the chance for normal has now shrunk to 25 per cent. AP

Earth experienced hottest summer on record in 2023

13:00 , Louise Boyle

The sweltering summer of 2023 has been officially confirmed as the “hottest summer on record” for the northern hemisphere by the United Nations.

This August was found to be about 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter than pre-industrial times, scientists from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the European climate service, Copernicus, announced on Wednesday.

The hottest August ever is also the second hottest month ever after this July, WMO said.

August marked the end of a brutal summer in the northern hemisphere with land and ocean heat records shattered across continents; extreme heatwaves and deadly wildfires.

“The dog days of summer are not just barking, they are biting,” United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a statement. “Climate breakdown has begun.”

Stuti Mishra reports

Earth experienced ‘hottest summer on record’ in 2023, UN says

Hurricane Lee inches closer to Leeward Islands

12:30 , Stuti Mishra

Hurricane Lee continues to whirl through the open waters as it inches to Leeward Islands threatening to bring extreme weather.

Lee is so far not expected to make landfall on the islands while on a projected path that will take it near the northeast Caribbean, although forecasters said tropical storm conditions are possible on some islands.

The storm was located some 965 miles (1,555 kilometres) from the northern Leeward Islands, according to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center this morning/ It had winds of up to 80 miles per hour (130 kilometres per hour) and was moving west-northwest at 13 mph (20 kph).

Watch: Burning Man festival-goer shows grim conditions after flooding chaos

12:00 , Stuti Mishra

Watch: Satellite images of Hurricane Jova and Hurricane Lee

11:30 , Stuti Mishra

Billion-dollar losses from Hurricane Idalia

11:03 , Louise Boyle

The total private market insured losses from Hurricane Idalia, which struck Florida as a Category 3 storm last week, have been estimated between $3-$5 billion by Moody’s Analytics.

The risk modeling firm put the best estimate at $3.5bn for the insured losses associated with Idalia’s winds, storm surge, and flooding caused by heavy rains.

On top of this, Moody’s estimated around $500 million in losses to the National Flood Insurance Program - the US government initiative which provides affordable insurance to property owners.

Watch: Flood water gushes through Skiathos road as intense rain hits Greece

10:30 , Louise Boyle

Spain floods: Rescuers dig car out of mud in desperate search for missing men swept away by water

10:02 , Louise Boyle

Rescuers are hunting for two missing men after Storm Dana savaged Spain and killed three people.

Record rainfall caused heavy flooding in central Spain on Monday, shutting roads, subway lines and high-speed train connections.

Footage has captured emergency services in Madrid frantically digging out a car completely submerged in mud.

Rescuers are still searching for a middle-aged man after his car was swept away by a river when he was travelling with his wife and children. An 83-year-old man was also swept away by the current.

Spain floods: Rescuers dig car out of mud in search for men swept away by water

Hurricane Jova's 'explosive rapid intensification' turns it into a Category 5 storm

09:34 , Stuti Mishra

While the Caribbean and the southeast coast of the US have their eyes on Hurricane Lee, another storm, Hurricane Jova has rapidly intensified into a Category 5 hurricane in the eastern Pacific.

"That is one of the most rapid intensification rates ever observed in a hurricane. It may gain a little more intensity overnight," wrote meteorologist Craig Ceecee.

Hurricane Lee spaghetti models show path storm could take

09:01 , Stuti Mishra

Hurricane Lee currently is expected to pass near the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend and then take a northward turn away from Florida, according to the projections.

However, the spaghetti models, that depicts various paths the storm could potentially take going forward, show a lot of uncertainty.

While National Hurricane Center has said it is too soon to predict whether Lee will make a direct landfall in Florida or not, it is getting more clear that the storm would definitely grow into an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 storm and could still potentially bring some impact to the US even if it doesn't make a landfall.

The models shared by experts tracking the storm on Twitter show several scenarios where the hurricane could once again come very close to the US coast, even though there is a pretty reliable consensus that the storm will track northwest.

These maps, resembling long strands of pasta which gives it its name, show some potential paths that come towards Florida, while most go northwest.

However, what is worrying experts is that there is a lot of spread in potential paths of the hurricane beyond this weekend, which indicates uncertainty.

Hurricane Lee's rapid intensification 'expected to begin tomorrow'

08:15 , Stuti Mishra

Lee, which intensified into a Category 1 hurricane from a tropical storm on Wednesday evening, is going to go through a more raping strengthening process starting on Thursday, experts warn.

The storm is feared to grow into an "extremely dangerous" Category 5 hurricane by Friday, due to warmer than usual waters in Atlantic.

"The rapid intensification is expected to begin tomorrow, and by the weekend, it should be a category 4 or 5 hurricane," meteorologist Craig Ceecee wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"The track is good confidence through Monday, but beyond that, all bets are off. Too soon to think about US landfall possibilities."

Where is Hurricane Lee heading?

07:22 , Stuti Mishra

Hurricane Lee is expected to pass near the northern Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend. The Leeward Islands are a group of islands located where the Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean and include the US Virgin Islands.

Large ocean swells are expected to reach the Lesser Antilles by Friday, and then the US and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Bermuda and Hispaniola by the weekend, the hurricane center said.

Where is Hurricane Lee now?

06:37 , Stuti Mishra

Hurricane Lee was located about 1,130 miles (1,815km) east of the northern Leeward Islands late on Wednesday, according to the latest NHC update.

It had maximum sustained winds of 75mph (120 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 14mph (22kph).

The storm is expected to become a "major hurricane" by Friday, the NHC said, as the storm intensifies at a "steady to rapid" pace. It may become a Category 4 hurricane – a potentially "catastrophic" storm with sustained wind speeds of 130-156 mph – as it travels over very warm water.

Hurricane Lee to become 'extremely dangerous' by Friday, latest NHC update says

06:19 , Stuti Mishra

Lee, which intensified into a hurricane on Wednesday evening, is likely to become a Category 5 "extremely dangerous" hurricane by Friday, a day earlier than previously anticipated, the latest update from National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The Miami-based centre warned that the large ocean swells will likely reach the Lesser Antilles, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico by the weekend.

How Tropical Storm Lee looks from space

05:30 , Stuti Mishra

Tropical Storm Lee was captured from space on Wednesday.

The vast system was seen moving through the Caribbean in imagery shared by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University. Lee was expected to gain hurricane status on Wednesday.

Earth experienced hottest summer on record in 2023

05:04 , Louise Boyle

Earth experienced hottest summer on record in 2023, UN says

The sweltering summer of 2023 has been officially confirmed as the hottest summer on record for the northern hemisphere by the United Nations.

This August was found to be about 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter than pre-industrial times, scientists from the UN agency, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and the European climate service, Copernicus, announced on Wednesday.

The record-breaking August is also the second hottest month ever after this July, WMO said.

August marked the end of a brutal summer in the northern hemisphere with land and ocean heat records shattered across continents; extreme heatwaves and deadly wildfires.

Hotter ocean temperatures are also fuelling stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic, scientists say.

Stuti Mishra reports

Earth experienced ‘hottest summer on record’ in 2023, UN says

Mapped: The path and timeline for Tropical Storm Lee

04:02 , Louise Boyle

The path and timeline for Tropical Storm Lee (National Hurricane Center)
The path and timeline for Tropical Storm Lee (National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Lee: What are spaghetti models?

03:02 , Louise Boyle

Spaghetti models get their name from how they look - a jumble of squiggly lines.

In fact, what looks like hurried drawings are actually computer models tracking the potential paths of a tropical storm or hurricane.

The more that the “spaghetti strands” lie close together or overlap, means the greater the confidence in the forecast. Further apart lines indicate more uncertainty.

The ‘spaghetti models’ for Hurricane Lee (10 Tampa Bay)
The ‘spaghetti models’ for Hurricane Lee (10 Tampa Bay)

Storm Lee makes a dozen

02:05 , Louise Boyle

Tropical Storm Lee is the 12th named storm to form in the Atlantic Ocean in 2023.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from 1 June to 30 November, is forecast to be above average this year. Late August and early September are typically the season’s peak.

2023 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone names (NOAA)
2023 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone names (NOAA)

Leeward Island possibly first to be impacted by Tropical Storm Lee

01:03 , Louise Boyle

Tropical Storm Lee “could bring impacts to the Leeward Islands”, the National Hurricane Center has warned, urging residents to keep an eye on updates.

“It is becoming a question of when and not if rapid intensification occurs with Lee,” the advisory noted. Winds are forecast to reach 145 mph which is a powerful Category 4 “major hurricane.”

‘While it is too soon to determine the location and magnitude of these possible impacts, interests in this area should monitor the progress of the depression and updates to the forecast,” the NHC said.

Watch: Satellite footage shows Storm Lee as weather system expected to become hurricane

Thursday 7 September 2023 00:03 , Louise Boyle

Flamingos are cropping up thousands of miles from their homes after Hurricane Idalia

Wednesday 6 September 2023 23:01 , Louise Boyle

Flamingos are being spotted across the continental United States, in some cases thousands of miles from their usual habitats, and experts believe Hurricane Idalia is to blame.

The long-legged wading birds have been sighted in Ohio, Kentucky, the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Texas in recent days, according to Audubon Florida, a conservation nonprofit tracking their movements.

Flamingos are also cropping up in parts of Florida where they are rarely seen like the north central Alachua County and Collier County on the southern Gulf Coast.

Audubon Florida’s state director for research Jerry Lorenz told CNN the distinctive pink birds may have been flying from Cuba to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico when they were blown off course by Idalia.

“We have never seen anything like this,” Mr Lorenz said, adding that fresh sightings were continuing to pour in.

Bevan Hurley reports

Flamingos are cropping up thousands of miles from their homes after Hurricane Idalia

Breaking: Storm Lee strengthens to a hurricane

Wednesday 6 September 2023 22:21 , Louise Boyle

Tropical Storm Lee strengthened to a hurricane on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to build into an “extremely dangerous” storm by early Saturday, forecasters warned.

Hurricane Lee is about 1130 miles (1815km) east of the northern Leeward Islands, according to the 5pm (eastern time) report from the National Hurricane Center, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kph).

Current projections show Hurricane Lee will not make landfall but pass north of the British Virgin Islands, which is still recovering from hurricanes Maria and Irma in September 2017.

Lee is the 12th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.

What are the major hurricane hazards?

Wednesday 6 September 2023 22:02 , Louise Boyle

The main hazards from tropical cyclones - the catch-all term for tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes - are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents, according to the National Weather Service.

- Storm surge can travel several miles inland, especially along bays, rivers, and estuaries.

- Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.

- Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.

- Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.

- Dangerous waves produced by a tropical cyclone’s strong winds can pose a significant hazard to coastal residents and mariners. These waves can cause deadly rip currents, significant beach erosion, and damage to structures along the coastline, even when the storm is more than a 1,000 miles offshore.

National Weather Service

Watch: Lee could become Cat 5 hurricane soon

Wednesday 6 September 2023 21:35 , Louise Boyle

Tropical Storm Lee: What are spaghetti models?

Wednesday 6 September 2023 21:01 , Louise Boyle

Spaghetti models get their name from how they look - a jumble of squiggly lines.

In fact, what looks like hurried drawings are actually computer models tracking the potential paths of a tropical storm or hurricane.

The more that the “spaghetti strands” lie close together or overlap, means the greater the confidence in the forecast. Further apart lines indicate more uncertainty.

The ‘spaghetti models’ for Hurricane Lee (10 Tampa Bay)
The ‘spaghetti models’ for Hurricane Lee (10 Tampa Bay)

‘Life-threatening surf and rip currents'

Wednesday 6 September 2023 19:44 , Louise Boyle

The National Hurricane Center warned of “life-threatening surf and rip currents” across portions of the Lesser Antilles later this week as Tropical Storm Lee grows into a major hurricane.

Watch: Satellite footage shows Storm Lee as weather system expected to become hurricane

Wednesday 6 September 2023 19:10 , Louise Boyle

FEMA issues warning over Tropical Storm Lee

Wednesday 6 September 2023 18:39 , Louise Boyle

The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a warning on Tropical Storm Lee on Wednesday as it looked set to become a major hurricane by the weekend.

“Make sure you have different ways to receive weather alerts and prepare in advance if it’ll affect your area,” FEMA said.

How Tropical Storm Lee looks from space

Wednesday 6 September 2023 18:10 , Louise Boyle

Tropical Storm Lee was captured from space on Wednesday.

The vast system was seen moving through the Caribbean in imagery shared by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University. Lee is expected to gain hurricane status later today.

Billion-dollar losses from Hurricane Idalia

Wednesday 6 September 2023 17:40 , Louise Boyle

The total private market insured losses from Hurricane Idalia, which struck Florida as a Category 3 storm last week, have been estimated between $3-$5 billion by Moody’s Analytics.

The risk modeling firm put the best estimate at $3.5bn for the insured losses associated with Idalia’s winds, storm surge, and flooding caused by heavy rains.

On top of this, Moody’s estimated around $500 million in losses to the National Flood Insurance Program - the US government initiative which provides affordable insurance to property owners.

Arrival times of tropical storm-force winds

Wednesday 6 September 2023 17:11 , Louise Boyle

The latest advisory from the National Weather Service on Wednesday of the arrival times of tropical storm-force winds in parts of the Caribbean (NWS/NOAA)
The latest advisory from the National Weather Service on Wednesday of the arrival times of tropical storm-force winds in parts of the Caribbean (NWS/NOAA)

Hurricane Jova develops in Pacific

Wednesday 6 September 2023 16:38 , Louise Boyle

In the Pacific Ocean, Jova strengthened into a Category 2 hurricane far off the southwest coast of Mexico and posed no threat to land.

It was located some 600 miles south of Baja California and moving west-northwest at 13 mph with winds up to 105mph.

It was expected to become a major hurricane by Wednesday night.

The Associated Press

Earth experienced hottest summer on record in 2023, UN says

Wednesday 6 September 2023 16:00 , Louise Boyle

The sweltering summer of 2023 has been officially confirmed as the hottest summer on record for the northern hemisphere by the United Nations.

This August was found to be about 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter than pre-industrial times, scientists from the UN agency, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), and the European climate service, Copernicus, announced on Wednesday.

The record-breaking August is also the second hottest month ever after this July, WMO said.

August marked the end of a brutal summer in the northern hemisphere with land and ocean heat records shattered across continents; extreme heatwaves and deadly wildfires.

Hotter ocean temperatures are also fuelling stronger hurricanes in the Atlantic, scientists say.

Stuti Mishra reports

Earth experienced ‘hottest summer on record’ in 2023, UN says

Watch: US and Caribbean on alert for growing tropical system

Wednesday 6 September 2023 15:31 , Louise Boyle

What is the path of Tropical Storm Lee?

Wednesday 6 September 2023 15:00 , Louise Boyle

Tropical Storm Lee churned through the open waters of the Atlantic on Wednesday and was expected to soon become a hurricane as it approached the Caribbean.

The storm was located about 1,265 miles (2,040 kilometers) east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands. It had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) and was moving west-northwest at 14 mph (22 kph), according to the National Hurricane Center.

It was not forecast to make landfall, but it is projected to pass just northeast of the British Virgin Islands, which is still recovering from hurricanes Maria and Irma that hit in September 2017.

The Associated Press

Storm Lee makes a dozen

Wednesday 6 September 2023 14:33 , Louise Boyle

Tropical Storm Lee is the 12th named storm to form in the Atlantic Ocean in 2023.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from 1 June to 30 November, is forecast to be above average this year. Late August and early September are typically the season’s peak.

The Tropical Storm list of names as of 10 August 2023 (NOAA)
The Tropical Storm list of names as of 10 August 2023 (NOAA)

Watch: Hurricane Lee nears hurricane strength

Wednesday 6 September 2023 14:08 , Louise Boyle

Tropical Storm Lee is approaching hurricane strength

Wednesday 6 September 2023 13:52 , Louise Boyle

The 5am (eastern time) report from the National Hurricane Center notes that Lee is “approaching hurricane strength”.

Path of Tropical storm Lee: Where is the storm currently and where will it head?

Wednesday 6 September 2023 12:15 , Stuti Mishra

Tropical storm Lee was located some 1,230 miles (1,980km) east of the Lesser Antilles a few hours ago with maximum sustained winds of 50mph (85kph).

The projected path of the tropical storm, according to NHC, shows it was moving west-northwest at 16mph (26kph) and could reach the Caribbean by this weekend.

Path of tropical storm Lee (National Hurricane Center)
Path of tropical storm Lee (National Hurricane Center)

Tropical Storm Lee 'approaching hurricane strength', says NHC

Wednesday 6 September 2023 11:15 , Stuti Mishra

Tropical Storm Lee is soon “approaching hurricane strength” before it further intensifies and becomes an “extremely dangerous” Category 5 hurricane by this weekend, according to the latest update from National Hurricane Center.

Hurricanes are getting stronger. Here’s why

Wednesday 6 September 2023 10:15 , Stuti Mishra

Hurricanes are getting stronger. Here’s why

'This isn't good': Tropical Storm Lee forecast to move more 'westerly and southerly',

Wednesday 6 September 2023 09:33 , Stuti Mishra

New projections are showing that Tropical Storm Lee could take a more "westerly and southerly" route than predicted previously, which means slightly increased chances of the storm heading closer to the Caribbean.

Earlier the storm, which could intensify to Category 5, was forecast to turn northwards.

Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist said this change is "worrisome".

"This isn’t good—not only is there worries by some that Hurricane #Lee might become a Category 5 storm, but models are now showing a much more westerly and southerly than before (earlier models said would head more north). This is worrisome," he wrote on X, previously known as Twitter.

Leeward Islands could be first to be impacted by Tropical Storm Lee

Wednesday 6 September 2023 09:00 , Stuti Mishra

Tropical Storm Lee "could bring impacts to the Leeward Islands", the National Hurricane Center has warned, urging residents to keep an eye on updates.

"It is becoming a question of when and not if rapid intensification occurs with Lee," the advisory noted. Winds are forecast to reach 145 mph which is a powerful Category 4 "major hurricane."

'While it is too soon to determine the location and magnitude of these possible impacts, interests in this area should monitor the progress of the depression and updates to the forecast," the NHC said.

Satellite footage shows how Lee intensified into a storm

Wednesday 6 September 2023 08:31 , Stuti Mishra

Another storm brews in the Pacific

Wednesday 6 September 2023 08:00 , Stuti Mishra

As tropical storm Lee is set to intensify in the Atlanic, in the Pacific, tropical storm Jova is continuing to strengthen well off the southwest coast of Mexico, but posed no threat to land yet.

Jova had 70mph (110kmh) winds and was forecast to become a hurricane today, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was about 675 miles (1,085kms) south of the southern tip of Baja California and moving west-northwest at 9mph (15kph).

How extreme ocean temperatures have made this hurricane season more dangerous?

Wednesday 6 September 2023 07:30 , Stuti Mishra

Tropical storm Lee is churning in the Atlantic, once again threatening the Caribbean and the US southeast coast, less than a week after Florida was battered by Category 3 Hurricane Idalia.

The remnants of Idalia, and another hurricane, Franklin, were causing strong ocean rip currents along the mid-Atlantic coast with at least eight deaths reported over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from 1 June to 30 November, is forecast to be above average this year.

Between 14 to 21 named storms are forecast. Of those, six to 11 could become hurricanes, with two to five of them possibly becoming major hurricanes. Late August and early September are typically the season’s peak.

Ocean temperatures have hit historic highs this summer. Warming oceans fuel stronger tropical cyclones that bring more heavy rainfall and higher storm surge when they make landfall, according to Climate Central.

Will Tropical storm Lee make landfall in the Caribbean or the US?

Wednesday 6 September 2023 07:10 , Stuti Mishra

Preliminary forecasts are not predicting any landfall, although the centre warned that “it is too early to determine exactly how close this system will be to the Leeward Islands.”

Tropical storm Lee could become Category 5 'extremely dangerous' storm

Wednesday 6 September 2023 06:50 , Stuti Mishra

Tropical storm Lee is forecast to strengthen into an "extremely dangerous" hurricane by Friday as it moves over very warm waters and pass just northeast of the Caribbean region, the centre said.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue suggested on X, formerly Twitter, that Lee could become a “monstrous storm” in the Category 4 or 5 range but travel “safely north” of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico.

Colin McCarthy, whose Twitter account US Stormwatch follows extreme weather globally, also wrote “the storm could reach historically strong levels” as it moves through “Atlantic waters still at record hot levels.”

Path of Tropical storm Lee: Where is the storm currently and where will it head?

Wednesday 6 September 2023 06:31 , Stuti Mishra

Tropical storm Lee was located some 1,230 miles (1,980km) east of the Lesser Antilles a few hours ago with maximum sustained winds of 50mph (85kph).

The projected path of the tropical storm, according to NHC, shows it was moving west-northwest at 16mph (26kph) and could reach the Caribbean by this weekend.

Path of tropical storm Lee (National Hurricane Center)
Path of tropical storm Lee (National Hurricane Center)

Wednesday 6 September 2023 06:13 , Stuti Mishra

Tropical Storm Lee was announced by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 5pm (eastern time) on Tuesday.

It is expected to intensify into an “extremely dangerous” hurricane by the weekend. Read more:

Tropical Storm Lee expected to become ‘extremely dangerous’ hurricane by weekend

Wednesday 6 September 2023 05:58 , Stuti Mishra

Welcome to The Independent’s live blog on tropical storm Lee churning in the Atlantic Ocean, Stay tuned for the latest forecasts and updates.