Hurricane Lee 1100 AM EDT Tue Sep 12 2023
Hurricane Lee is moving WNW at 5 kts with max winds of about 100 kts (115 mph), max significant wave height estimated about 12 meters (40 feet), and a minimum pressure of 951 mb. Hurricane force winds extend outward about 80 nm to the northeast and 50 nm to the southwest.
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, Bermuda, and most of the U.S East Coast through much of the week.
The officeal NHC Forecast Track shows Lee turning NW then startarting to accelerate towards the north during the next couple of days. The core of Lee is forecast to pass west of Bermuda bringing some wind impacts to the island on Thursday and a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the island.
After about 24 hours, Lee will encounter cooler sea surface temperatures which should gradually weaken the system late Wednesday and Thursday.
Once Lee passes north of the Gulf stream Friday and Saturday, significantly colder sea temperatures will cause more rapid weakening and start a transition into an extratropical storm low as it passes north of Georges Bank and approaches Nova Scotia or the northeastern coast of Maine.
There is a risk for a period of 30-45 kt winds over portions of Cape Cod and Nantucket late Friday night and Saturday.