Forecasters predicted that Tropical Storm Lee, which developed on Tuesday in the Atlantic Ocean, will intensify into a major hurricane as it hits the Caribbean.
By late Tuesday afternoon, the storm was situated around 1,315 miles (2,115 kilometers) east of the Lesser Antilles.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, it had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph) and was heading west-northwest at 16 mph (26 kph).
According to the center, as it moves over unusually warm waters and passes just northeast of the Caribbean region, it is expected to grow into a very dangerous hurricane by Friday.
Although the center issued a warning that it is still too early to pinpoint precisely how close this system would come to the Leeward Islands, preliminary projections do not indicate any landfall.
12th Named Storm of 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forms
The Atlantic hurricane season, which spans from June 1 to November 30, has twelve named storms. Lee is the twelfth.
The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration revised its prediction and issued a notice in August indicating that this year’s hurricane season will be above average.
14 to 21 storms with specific names are expected to form. 2 to 5 of them have the potential to intensify into major storms, while 6 to 11 of these have the potential to become hurricanes.
Tropical Storm Jova in the Pacific continued to intensify well off the southwest coast of Mexico, although it did not pose a threat to the mainland.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Jova had wind speeds of 65 mph (100 km/h) and was expected to intensify into a hurricane on Wednesday.
It was traveling west-northwest at a speed of 9 mph (15 kph) when it was roughly 700 miles (1,125 kilometers) south of Baja California’s southernmost point.
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