Hurricane Lee Regaining Strength

Hurricane Lee IR Satellite

Hurricane Lee has become better organized today and has regained 105 kt max winds by late this afternoon with an eye diameter of 20 nm and min pressure of 954 mb. Lee continues WNW at 7 kts with hurricane force winds extending outward 35-40 nm east of the center and 30-40 nm to the west. Storm force (50 kt or more) winds extend out 50 nm to the SW and up to 90 nm to the NE. Max significant wave heights about 36 feet (11 meters).

Lee is expected to restrengthen during the next 24-36 hours and is expected regain category 4 status tonight or early Monday. Thereafter, slow weakening is likely with somewhat more rapid weakening expected once Lee moves over cooler sea temperatures north of about 25 N latitude.

Sea Surface Temperatures Sept. 10, 2023

Heavy swell from Lee will cause dangerous surf and life-threatening rip currents will affect portions of the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, and Bermuda through much of this week.

Wave Direction and Height

Lee is forecast to turn more towards the northwest in about 48 hours then turning more towards the North.

NHC Forecast Track


About Fred Pickhardt

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade after graduating from State University of New York Maritime College. I have extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
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