Tropical Storm Lee could be near hurricane strength by next week

Elias Hubbard
September 25, 2017

At this time, there are tropical storm warnings for Turks and Caicos as well as parts of the Bahamas.

Fair to partly cloudy skies along with light easterly winds and a slight chance of a quick, passing shower is in the forecast for our Saturday, with highs topping out in the lower 90s.

Swells generated by Hurricane Maria are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current condition.

Tropical storm and storm surge watches were issued Sunday evening (Sept 24.) for parts of North Carolina's coast as Hurricane Maria continues to move north, according to the National Hurricane Center. While the storm is no huge threat to the east coast and will remain well offshore (hundreds of miles), it's those towards North Carolina that should keep their eyes pealed to this storms path. With significant wave heights peaking at 35-40' on the, expect even more solid swell to impact the East Coast over the coming days. Four became major systems, Category 3 or stronger, including Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Regardless of an Outer Banks hit, graze or close miss, Maria is expected to move away to the east rapidly.

Storm watches have been issued for North Carolina as the threatened by a hurricane for the fourth time in a month.

"We may see wetter and windier weather, but they may also draw up higher pressure and warmer weather to the south of the UK".

The hurricane center said Saturday that tropical storm or hurricane watches may be needed for a portion of the Carolinas or Mid-Atlantic coast on Sunday. The main area of concern is along the Outer Banks.

As Hurricane Maria continues moving northward, it's expected to gradually weaken.

Check back for updates in the days ahead as forecast guidance comes into better agreement on the overall long-term steering for Maria.

There's also another named storm in the Atlantic, far to the east of Maria.

The watch, which means tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours, includes the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and encompasses Dare, Currituck, Camden, Hyde and Pasquotank counties.

Computer models are all over the place on Lee, with both its track and intensity forecasts.

It is now 890 miles east of Bermuda, moving southeast at 3 mph, which is roughly the average human walking speed. Lee has been able to regenerate in the Central Atlantic and may be able to strengthen further.

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