Forecasters are now monitoring a possibly dangerous weather hazard dubbed Tropical Storm Lee, which they anticipate could soon strengthen into a full-fledged hurricane somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. More specifically, they need to track the course that the tropical storm is taking. So far, the forecasters “are confident” that the weather hazard will go in the direction of the Leeward Islands, which is a clump of islands that includes the United States Virgin Islands and is situated at the point where the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea meet.
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Continued strengthening [ing] seems likely after that time. Still, hard-to-predict eyewall replacement cycles could cause some fluctuations in intensity later in the weekend and early next week, stated NHC (National Hurricane Center).
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), the possibly dangerous Lee hurricane developed into a tropical storm on Tuesday (September 5) after starting off as a low-pressure area across the middle of the tropical Atlantic. CBS News reports that there is no reason to believe that Lee will have an influence on the United States at this time. But here’s the thing. Based on something called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, it will be classified as a Category 1 hurricane if its maximum sustained winds hit at least 119 kilometers per hour.
At this time, Hurricane Lee is located around 1,930 kilometers east of the northern Leeward Islands. Its winds are approximately 113 kilometers per hour, and according to the forecasters, it is moving in a direction that is west-northwesterly at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour. If it were to develop into a hurricane, it might become the fourth tropical storm of this season to do so, following in the footsteps of Don, Franklin, and Idalia.
As Lee keeps moving in a west-northwesterly direction, it is expected that favorable conditions will assist it in becoming a full-blown hurricane. Or maybe not. These variables include an abundance of moisture, little wind strain, and an exceptionally warm ocean [that] runs virtually every kilometer of its anticipated course.