BREAKING: Hurricane Lee Continues to Churn in Atlantic as a Strong Category 4 Major Hurricane

By  //  September 8, 2023

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Hurricane Lee is currently a strong Category 4 hurricane on Friday in the latest report by the National Hurricane Center.

Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph with higher gusts.

Lee is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph and this motion is expected to continue through early next week with a significant decrease in forward speed.

On the forecast track, 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.

Lee is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some fluctuations in intensity are likely over the next few days, however Lee is expected to remain a powerful hurricane through early next week.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 942 mb (27.82 inches).

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.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for updates on Hurricane Lee.