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Hurricane Lee Advances Over Open Sea, Heading Toward Atlantic Canada

by Madison Thomas
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Hurricane Lee

On Tuesday, Hurricane Lee advanced beyond Puerto Rico, registering as a formidable Category 3 storm. Meteorological experts predict that the hurricane will continue to traverse open waters during this week, as it sets its course toward Atlantic Canada.

The cyclone was positioned approximately 535 miles (860 kilometers) to the south of Bermuda, with wind speeds reaching up to 115 mph (185 kph). The hurricane was moving in a west-northwest direction at a velocity of 7 mph (11 kph).

A tropical storm watch has been initiated for Bermuda, with projections indicating that Lee will skirt the western periphery of the island by late Thursday, as stated by the National Hurricane Center. The center emphasized the considerable size of Hurricane Lee, revealing that its hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 kilometers) from its core, and tropical-storm-force winds stretch as far as 240 miles (390 kilometers).

By the end of the week, specifically on Sunday, AccuWeather forecasts that Lee will downgrade to a tropical storm status before potentially making landfall in Nova Scotia, Canada.

AccuWeather warned of considerable storm surges coinciding with peak winds, which would significantly raise the risk of property damage.

Meteorologists also anticipate that the storm’s impact will reach Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts, southeastern New Hampshire, as well as central and coastal regions of Maine, where winds and flooding are expected.

As Lee transitions into cooler oceanic conditions, it is anticipated to lose strength in the days ahead.

However, the National Hurricane Center cautioned that despite the expected reduction in wind speeds, the growing wind field of Hurricane Lee could cause far-reaching impacts, well distant from the storm’s nucleus.

Rough seas and hazardous rip currents induced by Lee are impacting the Lesser Antilles, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and a significant portion of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

The National Hurricane Center clarified that it is still premature to definitively ascertain the potential additional consequences that Lee might have along the northeastern coast of the United States and Atlantic Canada later this week and into the weekend.

Lee marks the twelfth named storm of the current Atlantic hurricane season, which is officially observed from June 1 to November 30, and reached its zenith on Sunday.

In related news, Margot was declared the season’s fifth named hurricane on Monday. Situated 835 miles (1,345 kilometers) west-southwest of the Azores, Margot boasted maximum sustained winds of 80 mph (130 kph) and was progressing northward at 14 mph (22 kph). It is expected to remain over open waters.

For this hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has forecasted a total of 14 to 21 named storms. Among these, six to eleven are likely to evolve into hurricanes, with two to five potentially escalating into Category 3 or higher storms.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hurricane Lee

What is the current status of Hurricane Lee?

Hurricane Lee is a Category 3 storm that has moved north of Puerto Rico. As of Tuesday, the storm is located about 535 miles south of Bermuda with wind speeds of up to 115 mph.

Where is Hurricane Lee expected to make landfall?

According to AccuWeather, Hurricane Lee is predicted to weaken into a tropical storm before potentially making landfall in Nova Scotia, Canada by Sunday.

Has a tropical storm watch been issued for any areas?

Yes, a tropical storm watch has been issued for Bermuda. The storm is forecast to pass just to the west of the island by late Thursday.

What are the expected impacts of Hurricane Lee?

AccuWeather warns of significant storm surges, strong winds, and a high risk of property damage, primarily in Nova Scotia. Additional impacts such as winds and flooding are expected in Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts, southeastern New Hampshire, and central and coastal Maine.

Will the hurricane weaken?

The storm is expected to lose strength as it enters cooler waters, downgrading to a tropical storm by Sunday.

How far do the hurricane-force and tropical-storm-force winds extend from the storm’s center?

Hurricane-force winds extend up to 125 miles from the storm’s center, and tropical-storm-force winds stretch up to 240 miles.

Are there any other named storms currently active?

Yes, Margot became the fifth named hurricane of the season on Monday. It is located 835 miles west-southwest of the Azores and is expected to remain over open waters.

What is the forecast for this Atlantic hurricane season?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has forecasted 14 to 21 named storms for this season. Six to 11 are expected to strengthen into hurricanes, with two to five potentially becoming Category 3 or higher.

Who is at risk of dangerous surf and rip currents due to Hurricane Lee?

Dangerous surf and rip currents are impacting the Lesser Antilles, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and most of the U.S. East Coast.

Is it too early to know the full impact of Hurricane Lee on the northeastern U.S. coast and Atlantic Canada?

Yes, the National Hurricane Center states that it remains too soon to ascertain the full extent of additional impacts that Lee might have along the northeastern U.S. coast and Atlantic Canada later this week and into the weekend.

More about Hurricane Lee

  • National Hurricane Center’s Latest Update on Hurricane Lee
  • AccuWeather’s Forecast for Hurricane Lee
  • NOAA’s Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook
  • Bermuda Weather Service’s Tropical Storm Watch Announcement
  • Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Atlantic Canada
  • U.S. Eastern Seaboard Weather Advisories
  • Global Weather Patterns and Hurricane Formation: An Overview
  • Historical Data on Atlantic Hurricanes and Storms

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8 comments

Emily_R September 13, 2023 - 6:17 am

That’s crazy, 115 mph winds? And I thought last year was bad… Stay safe everyone.

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SarahJane September 13, 2023 - 6:40 am

AccuWeather and NHC seem to be our best friends during hurricane season. Thanks for compiling all this info in one place. Makes it easier to stay updated.

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JohnDoe47 September 13, 2023 - 7:33 am

Wow, Hurricane Lee sounds like no joke. Thanks for the detailed info, gotta make sure my folks in Nova Scotia are prepared.

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FinanceGuy23 September 13, 2023 - 8:19 am

Good read but what about the economic impacts? storms like these could really mess with shipping routes and drive prices up.

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EcoWarrior September 13, 2023 - 9:35 am

storms are getting stronger each year. Climate change much?

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TechLover September 13, 2023 - 4:13 pm

Great article! so detailed. Is there an app to track these hurricanes in real-time? Would be so useful rn.

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RickM1990 September 13, 2023 - 6:32 pm

the article is really in-depth, kudos. But im worried about Bermuda with that tropical storm watch. Anyone from there?

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TravelGal September 13, 2023 - 8:44 pm

Wow, seems like Margot is also out there. Hurricane season is really hitting us hard this yr. Anyone know how many more are predicted?

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