MIAMI -- Hurricane Lee is passing well north of the northern Leeward Islands, on its way to a track paralleling the U.S. Atlantic coast.
As of 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center says Lee is centered about 270 miles north northeast of the northern Leeward Islands, heading WNW at 8. It's expected to stay well north of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
The only danger faced by Florida are swells expected as soon as later today, that could bring life-threatening surf and rip currents. Those are most likely along the northeast Florida coast, north of Cape Canaveral.
Meantime, there are two new disturbances off the coast of Africa. One has a 30 percent chance of formation over the next 48 hours. The other has zero chance within two days, but forecasters say conditions could become more favorable later in the week.
Hurricane Lee Advisory Number 21
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL132023
1100 AM AST Sun Sep 10 2023
...LEE PASSING WELL NORTH OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS...
...HAZARDOUS BEACH CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO SPREAD THROUGH THE WESTERN
ATLANTIC DURING THE WEEK...
SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
ABOUT 270 MI...435 KM NNE OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...110 MPH...175 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 8 MPH...13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...958 MB...28.29 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lee was located
near latitude 21.6 North, longitude 61.0 West. Lee is moving toward
the west-northwest near 8 mph (13 km/h). A slower west-
northwestward motion is expected during the next few days. On
the forecast track, Lee is expected to pass well north of the
northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico
during the next couple of days.
Data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the
maximum sustained winds have increased to near 110 mph (175 km/h)
with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next
couple of days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 160 miles
The latest minimum central pressure reported by NOAA reconnaissance
aircraft is 958 mb (28.29 inches).
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
Key messages for Lee can be found in the Tropical Cyclone Discussion
under AWIPS header MIATCDAT3 and WMO header WTNT43 KNHC and on the
web at hurricanes.gov/text/MIATCDAT3.shtml
SURF: Swells generated by Lee are affecting portions of the Lesser
Antilles, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico,
Hispaniola, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Bahamas, and Bermuda.
These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip
current conditions. Dangerous surf and rip currents are expected to
begin along much of the U.S. East Coast later today and worsen
through this week. Please consult products from your local weather
Next complete advisory at 500 PM AST.