Hurricane Lee Growing; Margot Expected To Become Hurricane Today

The National Hurricane Center is out with the 5AM advisory on Hurricane Lee:

At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lee was located near latitude 23.1 North, longitude 62.6 West. Lee is moving toward

the northwest near 7 mph (11 km/h). A slow west-northwestward motion is expected during the next couple of days, followed by a

gradual turn toward the north by midweek. On the forecast track, Lee is expected to pass well north of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico during the next day or two.

Maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph (195 km/h) with higher gusts. Lee is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some additional strengthening is forecast over the next day or so, followed by gradual weakening.

SURF: Swells generated by Lee are affecting portions of the Lesser Antilles, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Dangerous surf and rip currents have begun to affect portions of the southeastern U.S. coast, and these conditions are forecast to spread northward along much of the U.S. East Coast during the next couple of days.

As for Tropical Storm Margot, it is moving due north over the open central subtropical Atlantic. Margot is expected to become a hurricane by tonight. Right now,it is not posing a threat to land.

At 900 AM GMT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Margot was located near latitude 25.3 North, longitude 40.0 West. Margot is

moving toward the north near 8 mph (13 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue during the next several days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Margot is likely to become a hurricane tonight.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 996 mb (29.42 inches).

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