Leslie may strengthen to a hurricane Tuesday night- U.S. NHC

Tropical Storm Leslie Bermuda Sept 30 2018 BWS

The National Hurricane Center declared Leslie a hurricane this morning as it gathered up its thunderstorms enough to develop a ragged eye overnight with 75 miles per hour winds.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles (370 km) from the center.

Leslie strengthened into a hurricane and is expected to maintain hurricane strength through the next 48-72hrs.

It is located 510 miles east-southeast of Bermuda and moving toward the southwest at 3 mph. Forecasters say the storm is almost stationary and little movement is expected throughout the day.

Large swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect portions of the southeastern coast of the United States, Bermuda, and the Bahamas during the next few days.

Those swells could cause unsafe surf and deadly rip currents, the NHC said noting that a turn to the east is expect this weekend following an increase in forward speed.

The National Hurricane Center is watching an area of low pressure in the southwestern Caribbean, giving it a 20 percent chance of developing over the next five days.

Leslie is the 12th named system during the U.S. hurricane season. This pulse is not expected to be as big as last weekend's swell, primarily because the storm is not as big as it was late last week, but it will still be pretty solid for some.

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