This graphic created by the National Weather Service/NCEP Weather Prediction Center (WPC) shows the projected path.
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

This graphic created by the National Weather Service/NCEP Weather Prediction Center (WPC) shows the projected path.
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

Article first published: Friday, Sep. 08, 2023, 5 a.m. ET

Article last updated: Friday, Sep. 08, 2023, 11 a.m. ET

The National Hurricane Center’s 11 am Friday advisory reported that the Category 5 hurricane Lee has weakened into a Category 4 hurricane.

Category 4 Hurricane Lee is 565 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands, with maximum sustained wind of 155 mph. It’s moving 13 mph to the west-northwest.

“… Lee is expected to pass well to the north of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico over the weekend and into early next week.” meteorologists observed. “Some fluctuations in intensity are likely over the next few days, however Lee is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through early next week.”

YESTERDAY (Thursday):

Yesterday, there were many developments: first, Lee started out as a Category 2 hurricane and a Category 4 hurricane but ended up as a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 160 miles per hour.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND:

SURF: Swells generated by Lee are expected to reach portions of the Lesser Antilles later today, and reach the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, and Bermuda this weekend. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Dangerous surf and rip currents are expected to begin along most of the U.S. East Coast beginning Sunday.

Source: National Hurricane Center

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