Hurricane Lee update: even though the coastline is spared a direct impact, the hurricane is expected to strengthen once more to category four, bringing with it deadly riptides and monstrous waves as early as this weekend.
Hurricane Lee was downgraded on Saturday from category 5 to category 3.
According to experts, the storm will intensify over the next 24 to 48 hours and become a category 4 hurricane once more by Tuesday.
Another storm, a tropical tale Forecasters predict Margot is building in the North Atlantic Ocean and will soon become a hurricane.
Even though the shoreline is spared a direct strike, Hurricane Lee is predicted to strengthen once more to a category four and produce massive waves and deadly riptides as early as this weekend.
The storm, which was originally a category 5 but was downgraded to a category 3 on Saturday, is still packing dangerous 115 mph winds and 140 mph gusts, producing hazardous circumstances as it changes track and gains power, according to forecasters.
According to experts, the storm will intensify over the next 24 to 48 hours as it enters a more favourable atmosphere, allowing it to become a category 4 storm that will make landfall on Tuesday.
The storm is currently travelling west-northwest and was roughly 350 miles east-northeast of the northern Leeward Islands by late Saturday afternoon.
According to CNN, Lee is anticipated to start rip currents and produce huge waves by Sunday night or Monday morning along most of the East Coast.
Although it is not anticipated to make landfall, forecasters are also projecting that tropical storm Margot might develop into another hurricane.
This weekend, the storm that has developed in the North Atlantic Ocean is forecast to have gusts of over 73 mph.
The hurricane centre stated that Lee is heading towards the west-northwest at about 12 mph and that this motion is anticipated to last until early next week with a marked decrease in advance speed starting later today and Sunday.
Through the following week, dangerous beach conditions are anticipated to develop in the western Atlantic, according to the news source.
According to The Weather Channel, the storm was moving towards Bermuda, North Carolina, and portions of Maine.
In contrast, a different storm model indicated that Hurricane Lee would strengthen between Bermuda and the US.
It is still too early to say whether the storm’s centre will directly hit the US mainland, according to the hurricane centre.
The Cabo Verde Islands are presently 460 miles to the west-northwest of Tropical Storm Margot, which is moving at a speed of 16 miles per hour, according to the Hurricane Centre.
Margot is now not a threat to any land and is predicted to remain over the ocean, according to weather specialists.
According to AccuWeather, Hurricane Lee, which rapidly strengthened into a monstrous Category 5 hurricane from Thursday night to Friday morning, holds the record for being the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Atlantic during the 2023 hurricane season.
The hurricane is expected to shift northward along the U.S. East Coast next week as it spins north of the Caribbean this weekend, according to the forecast station.
As much of the East Coast will suffer high waves and hazardous surf, meteorologists warn that the threat of consequences in New England is growing.
According to AccuWeather, Lee has already travelled more than 1,000 miles since it first formed early last week over the west-central Atlantic.
By the start of next week, it will probably have more than doubled that distance.
This weekend, Hurricane Lee is predicted to follow a curving path around a big area of high pressure over the central Atlantic, which forecasters anticipate would direct the superstorm north of the northern Caribbean islands.
After that, until the first half of next week, the enormous storm will move northeast of the Bahamas, west of Bermuda, and east of the southeast United States.
Amazing video shows Hurricane Lee’s booming eye as it approaches the eastern seaboard, where it threatens to wreak havoc after increasing from a Category 1 to Category 5 hurricane overnight.
A stunning social media image from the Air Force’s “Hurricane Hunters” weather reconnaissance team on Friday showed unrelenting lightning strikes illuminating the tornado.
As Hurricane Lee gained strength, it whirled over the Atlantic Ocean for days.
However, forecasters were unable to pinpoint its course, and it is not anticipated to make landfall until late next week.
As the East Coast prepares for impact, violent storms that began Friday evening in New York City and Boston gave residents a taste of the impending destruction.
While trees and power lines were toppled by powerful winds further up the coast in Massachusetts, the Big Apple experienced thunder, lightning, and ‘scary’ clouds.
After developing near the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean on Wednesday, storm Lee was categorised as a Category 1 storm.
Incredibly, stunning satellite estimates showed it increasing in speed and potency by Thursday when it reached over 160 mph.
Forecasters were quick to warn that it had the potential to be disastrous.
The storm had been moving at about 80 mph earlier in the day, and the National Hurricane Centre discovered that as it spiralled across the Atlantic, waves near the centre rose as high as 55 feet.
Unseasonably warm waters over the Atlantic Ocean, which have measured near 86 degrees Fahrenheit in its route and are more comparable to temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico than the Atlantic, are one of the causes of the escalation.
According to the New York Times, Lee was around 440 miles east of the Leeward Islands as of Friday night and was still far from the US mainland.
It was also moving northwest at a speed of 13 mph.
Michael Lowry, a meteorologist and expert on hurricanes, said that even if it swirls far to the southeast of its projected impact, it possesses characteristics that might cause major damage.
Lee is the farthest southeast we’ve ever seen a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic since records began 172 years ago, he claimed on X (previously Twitter).